On May 1, West Lake Hills city officials, builders and community members gathered to witness the groundbreaking of the city's new municipal complex.

Mayor Linda Anthony, who spoke at the event, said the ceremony was the culmination of over a decade of planning.

Two-minute impact

Located at 4010 Bee Caves Road, the two-story, 17,000-square-foot building will house the city's new police department, administrative offices and council chambers.

The project is funded by a $13.2 million bond package passed by voters in 2021.

"I really want to thank the citizens of West Lake Hills who voted to approve the bonds that were needed to build this facility. It's never easy getting people to raise their taxes, but they overwhelmingly said, 'Yes.' So, we intend to bring them a facility that the entire community can use and benefit from for decades to come," Anthony said.

Other speakers at the event included the building designers from Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects and SpawGlass.

"It's a building that is needed not only for the citizens to better interact with the staff but also for the city staff and police," said Denny Boles, of BSW Architects.

The existing city hall and police department structure, built in 1983, no longer complies with building codes and lacks the necessary space for city staff, according to the city's website.

What's next?

The new complex is expected to be completed by fall 2025, said Jennifer Bills, director of building and development services.

The old city building will likely be redeveloped, and a request for proposal will be published after the May elections, Bills said.