Council mulls extending discussions with UT to save West Austin golf course
There was a time when the site of what is now the Lions Municipal Golf Course was considered way out of town on the other side of the tracks. But today those tracks are now the MoPac freeway and the golf property is in the heart of desirable and close-in West Austin.
Austin's growth in that part of town and the rise in property values there is what has the actual landowners -- The University of Texas -- thinking now might be a good time to repurpose the site and attract a better-paying tenant. Also tighter purse strings from the state legislature has the school looking for new revenue streams.
The lease of the site for Lions Municipal Golf Course expires this May, but a local group of fans calling themselves Save Muny has been working for years hoping to convince UT to let Lions stay.
Today the Austin City Council will consider an amendment to the lease to extend the termination date another year to May 2020. They will also need to authorize a lease payment of nearly half a million dollars for that year.
In a letter to supporters the group Save Muny says, "This extension is a vital step in our quest for a permanent solution to save Muny." We'll let you know how things turn out.