Backyard overhaul gets OK from Bee Cave planners

Nov 20, 2014
Austin Business Journal

A $250 million development proposed for the Backyard music venue property received approval from Bee Cave planning and zoning officials on Tuesday night

The decision puts the project on track for a vote from the Bee Cave City Council on Dec. 9 that, if approved, would allow dirt to start turning by the second quarter of 2015

The project from International Development Management would include three film and recording sound stages, two outdoor music venues with capacities of 3,500 and 500 people, a 150-room hotel, 120 single-family condominiums, and 11 office buildings with 700,000 square feet of office space

Chris Milam, principal with IDM, told Austin Business Journal that the first phase of the project would likely be delivered by mid-2017. The second piece – on property adjacent to the Backyard known as The Terrace – would be completed two to three years afterward

The project has been scaled back somewhat from its original scope proposed early this year, partially due to local concerns about the impact of lots of commercial and office activity in the Hill Country

Milam said the growth of television, commercial and music recording work in Central Texas will be generate enough business for the sound stages to keep them booked without having to aggressively market the facility to West Coast studios and film projects

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