$21.3M bond sale approved for convention center at Kalahari

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is on track to open its Round Rock location in November 2020.

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is on track to open its Round Rock location in November 2020.

Plans for a city-owned convention center located within the future Kalahari Resorts & Conventions site advanced July 25.

Both the Round Rock Transportation and Economic Development Corp. and Round Rock City Council approved the sale of $21.3 million sales tax revenue bonds to build the 200,000-square-foot convention center.

While the city will own the convention center, Kalahari will be responsible for operation and maintenance, according to July 25 city of Round Rock news release.

The debt will be repaid through state and city tax revenue generated by Kalahari, said Susan Morgan, the chief financial officer for the city of Round Rock.

The convention center will include a large-scale meeting space and a ballroom—expected to be the largest in Central Texas, according to the release.

Today's bond sale is the first of two for a total of $40 million to construct the facility, Morgan said. The second bond issuance is planned for April 2020.
By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.