Cedar Park City Council gearing up for Bell District redevelopment, will hold public engagement event Wednesday

One of Cedar Park's signature developments is progressing, with the city council voting last week to authorizing city staff to begin negotiating right-of-way land purchases for the highway realignment project.

The project, Destination: Bell Boulevard, will involve a dramatic change along the stretch of Bell Boulevard between Buttercup Creek Boulevard and Park Street in the coming years.

The first phase, scheduled to begin later this year, will see the main roadway relocated to the east. The realignment will allow the city to develop approximately 28 acres of city owned land, in addition the right-of-way and easement purchases, and 12 acres of city owned parkland into a mixed-use project designed to attract businesses and consumers to the area.

Last week's council vote deals specifically with the city's negotiations with landowners for the purchase of right-of-ways and easements that the State of Texas requires the city to obtain for the project. That vote only allows staff to begin negotiating.

The council will to vote to authorize any purchases at a later date.

During its June 13 meeting, the council also viewed the latest video promoting redevelopment project and heard a presentation about a "Experience a Day in the Bell District" public engagement event – which was held Wednesday, June 19, at the Cedar Park Recreation Center. 

Held in coordination with the project’s developer RedLeaf Properties, the event involved a presentation to the attending public about what to expect and some early glimpses at how the project will look at completion. 

Construction on the project is expected to begin later this year, with construction on the commercial aspects of the project set to begin in 2021.