Cedar Park City Council voted unanimously May 9 to authorize the city to procure a feasibility study on the quarry. Council Member Stephen Thomas was absent from the vote.
The study aims to determine the viability of redeveloping and reusing the Lime Creek Quarry, according to city documents. The study will analyze the existing site and market conditions, include land use scenario plans and look at real estate market and fiscal impact.
The city has selected global design firm Perkins & Will, Inc., to complete the study for $150,000. It is estimated to take seven to nine months to complete.
“These studies are extremely important because we’re setting the foundation of what’s going to happen moving forward,” Council Member Michael Guevara said during the meeting.
The city of Cedar Park acquired the Lime Creek Quarry from Austin for $4.1 million in 2015, with the intention of eventually ending blasting on the site. The quarry is about 216 acres and encompasses areas on both sides of Anderson Mill Road, near Whitestone Boulevard.
When the city acquired the quarry, it set up an agreement with Ranger Excavating, the company conducting blasts on the property. The agreement allowed the company to continue operating the property. The agreement will end June 30, 2023, according to city documents.
Council Member Mel Kirkland said during the meeting he is in favor of the study.
“I think this is great,” Kirkland said. “A lot of people have been waiting a long time for the city to start looking at options, and a feasibility study is a great place to start looking at options.”