Monday, January 21, 2008

The Village of Horseshoe Bay

New plans are in the works for updating some of Horseshoe Bay Resort’s favorite amenities. Last Thursday, January 17, Ron Mitchell, Resort Vice Chairman, hosted a community wide meeting at the Marriott to explain the changes, additions, & improvements they would like to make & are currently being considered by the city council. Tomorrow’s (January 22, 2008) 3:00 pm council meeting will discuss the proposal.

Called “The Village at Horseshoe Bay,” it is a study relating to the changes of existing developed & undeveloped properties owned by Horseshoe Bay Resort & includes everything from the renovation of some amenities to a complete relocation & redesign of others. It takes into account current land use of areas abutting Resort owned property such as neighborhoods of single & multi-family homes. A connectivity & traffic impact study was also included. The land in question consists of 14 tracts of land in the corridor from the FM2147 & Horseshoe Bay Blvd. entrance to the Yacht Club as well as property surrounding the existing hotel district, putting course, & Oriental Gardens. The traffic connectivity & impact studies also included projects not owned by the Resort, such as the Marina Village & The Waters. Some of the proposed changes are:

New 22,000 square foot spa
New 10,000 square foot tennis & fitness club
Four relocated new hard surface tennis courts
New tennis & fitness parking
900 foot long lazy river & family pool facility

Completely renovated marina complex & ship’s store

Yacht Club enhancements including a new 24-slip day dock, 10 jet ski ramps, & a casual, lower level lakeside dining facility with outside seating & separate bar area.

The new spa, tennis, & fitness facilities would be relocated beside the existing Oriental Gardens in the area of Hi Circle North, Free Rein, & Short Circuit. The lazy river & pool amenity would enhance the current Whitewater putting course & be convenient to the Marriott Hotel. To help traffic patterns to the newly proposed spa, fitness, & tennis center, they are also planning a new entrance off of FM2147 at what is now the old construction entrance (used when building the Marriott) at about Free Rein & Stones Throw. Additional Marriott parking & Yacht Club parking (two sights) are also included, as well as new foot paths & tram services.

It was an exciting meeting and I, for one, hope residents & the city council will support the Resort's efforts.

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