Bee Cave: City Oks Backyard at Beecave Preliminary Plat
Featured Illustration (above): Concept rendering of The Backyard redeveloped as a mixed-use complex. Image: City of Bee Cave.
by Art Benavidez
Bee Cave (Travis County) — The Backyard at Beecave, a planned entertainment district, had its preliminary plat approved by City Council, during last week’s City Council meeting.
The undeveloped 35.14 acres consist of four lots located southwest of the intersection of RM 620 and Bee Cave Parkway at 13801 Bee Cave Parkway.
The development is expected to be complete by 2023 or the start of 2024. It shall proceed in three phases.
Phase I would include subdivision infrastructure (public streets and private drives), ponds, Bee Cave Parkway median improvements, old backyard easement and hilltop garden.
Phase II would include the event venue, The Glenn, parking garage, central park enhanced landscaping, central park connection to property.
Phase III would include all remaining buildings (hotel and offices).
The development is anticipated to consist of the following proposed land uses:
350-person dance hall
181,476 square feet of office use
3,096 square feet of shopping center
4,923 square feet of drinking place
5,394 square feet of fast casual restaurant
897 seats of high-turnover (sit-down) restaurant
816 square feet of high-turnover (sit-down) restaurant
61-seat fast food restaurant
1,649 square feet of fast food restaurant
2,743 square feet coffee shop without drive through window
208-person private event space
$16 million 630 space, parking garage
40% impervious cover (16 acres/773,547 SF)
Conceptual plan for The Backyard at Bee Cave. Image: The Backyard
The Backyard development will also operate the Live Oak Amphitheater Venue with a maximum occupancy of 3,700 attendees.
All concerts will operate outside of peak hours and no other programmed events within the development will occur simultaneously as an event at the Live Oak Amphitheater.
The Austin office of Stantec is serving as the engineer and surveyor for the project. Austin architecture firm Dick Clark and Associates is working on landscape designs. Another Austin architect, Studio Steinbomer, is redesigning the amphitheater section.
HDR Engineering, Inc. provided the traffic impact analysis.
TxDOT is proposing improvements to RM 620 South between State Highway 71 and Hudson Bend Road to address safety and mobility concerns.
These improvements include widening the existing four-lane divided rural roadway to a six-lane divided urban roadway, adding raised medians, and intersection improvements.
VBX last reported on the project in October 2020 when the developer, JPD Backyard Finance, LLC, received a public improvement district (PID) from the city.
Under the PID agreement, the city will issue bonds to finance the necessary infrastructure and the developer is responsible for paying the debt. The desired improvements are estimated at $25 million, with maximum bonds estimated at $20 million.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.