Lakeway police facility groundbreaking set for early 2018 after land deals close in December

Lakeway City Council unanimously approved Feb. 13 calling a bond election May 6 to fund a $23 million new police facility.

Lakeway City Council unanimously approved Feb. 13 calling a bond election May 6 to fund a $23 million new police facility.

The city of Lakeway finalized land purchase agreements in early December for the site of the city’s new police facility.

The $23 million project is expected to break ground in January according to Mayor Joe Bain.
One tract, a parcel known as the MUD tract owned by developer Haythem Dawlett operating under the name HSD – Lakeway Holdings, Ltd., was purchased for a contract sales price of $950,000 on Oct. 20 city records showed.

The second, smaller tract known as the Reed tract was purchased as well for $400,000 from Elliot Megdal and Associates, a California general partnership, city real estate records showed.

Total site costs last April were estimated to be $1.4 million according to city officials.

The new 31,000-square-foot police facility will include a detention area and sally port for suspects, more space for officers as well as crime scene evidence and will serve the city through 2043 when Lakeway is expected to be built out at an estimated 25,000 residents, according to Police Chief Todd Radford.

The current police station was constructed in 1981 as a multiuse municipal building.

Lakeway Police Department currently operates in 7,000 square feet of space with 34 sworn employees and 15 civilian employees.

Officials said the current site, where some work spaces are cramped was never intended to be a permanent fix for the police station.