Cedar Park residents invited to experience “A Day in the Bell District”
Event will feature interactive exhibits and the opportunity to meet City’s development partner RedLeaf Properties
The City of Cedar Park invites residents to come to the Cedar Park Recreation Center on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m., to experience A Day in the Bell District and to meet RedLeaf Properties, the City’s development partner in bringing Bell to life. Presentations will take place at 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. There will be freebies and snacks as attendees tour four zones of the Bell District: the Social Hub, Restaurants/Shops, the Library and Bell Park. One of the event highlights is a virtual reality tour of the never-before-seen Buttercup Natural Area which will be transformed into Bell Park. Attendees will be able to wear virtual reality goggles and see some of the unique and special features of the park area. The entire event is free and open to the public.
The purpose of A Day in the Bell District is to help residents to get a sense for how Bell could feel, learn project updates and share input with RedLeaf Properties. The City and RedLeaf are working to finalize development agreements and project planning. RedLeaf has shown a strong expression of support for the community’s vision for placemaking within the Bell District as the new civic heart for Cedar Park, a community-gathering place for city-wide celebrations, and a destination with a variety of family-friendly activities. RedLeaf appreciates that Cedar Park community members have been involved in visioning for the Bell District early on, and wants to visit with them in-person to hear directly from them.
In addition to opportunities to visit one-on-one with RedLeaf and the two informative presentations, this experiential open house will feature interactive exhibits to give attendees an idea of what a day in the Bell District could be like. It will feature freebies and giveaways and is open to the public with no charge.
About RedLeaf Properties
As a master developer and partner with forward-thinking public entities such as cities and educational campuses, RedLeaf is known for creating vibrant, amenity-rich mixed-use communities. RedLeaf’s developments in Central Texas include serving as the master developer and partner with Austin Community College in a public-private partnership for the redevelopment of Highland Mall in Austin, co-developer for La Frontera Plaza in Round Rock, and master developer for the City of Austin Planning and Development Center in Highland. In addition, prior to forming RedLeaf, Founder and Principal Matt Whelan was responsible for the $2 billion Mueller Redevelopment while working for Catellus Development Corp.
About the Bell District
The Bell District is located on Bell Boulevard (US 183), the primary north-south corridor for Cedar Park, between Buttercup Creek Boulevard and Park Street. While the area was once a vital community hub, it has not experienced the same level of economic growth seen in other areas of the city. In 2014, during a city-wide comprehensive planning process, the community expressed strong interest in seeing this area revitalized. Revitalization of the Bell District is a top priority for Cedar Park. The project is backed by a master plan utilizing redevelopment experts from across the nation, thorough financial modeling and forecasting for the public and private sector, and significant public investment in the project thus far. This area will become a 40-acre mixed-use development featuring retail, restaurant, office and residential space as well as the 12-acre Buttercup Creek Natural Area. The core of the Bell District will be a walkable area designed especially for pedestrian traffic. The property poised for redevelopment now includes approximately 28 acres of City-owned property, plus an additional 12 acres of City-owned parkland.
More information about the Bell District may be found at www.DestinationBellBlvd.com.