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03/26/08 - Tyler

$2 Million Dollars In Improvements To Lake Bellwood To Be Made

At the Tyler City Council meeting held on March 26, the City Council voted to approve an agreement with Bellwood Tyler Investment, LP for $2 million in improvements to City property at Lake Bellwood and a new conference center at Lake Bellwood Resort.

  Per the terms of the contract, Bellwood Tyler Investment, LP has committed to the following:

  • Developing a 175 room four-star resort hotel, using private funds, on a 27 acre parcel the company owns north of Bellwood Lake and constructing an adjacent 30,000 square foot conference center.
  • Extending New Sunnybrook Road from Loop 323 approximately one mile out to the conference center, hotel and Lake Bellwood. The new road will be four lanes and fully improved and is valued at approximately $4.5 million.
  • Improve 37 acres of City-owned property abutting the lake for public recreation use. This separate tract of property is part of 180 acres that the City owns around Lake Bellwood.
  • Public access to the recreational area will be provided from New Sunnybrook Road and a public parking lot will be built to accommodate general public use. The City will retain ownership of the improved property. Other improvements are subject to approval by the City; they will generally include a trail system, playground, beach area and other recreational amenities.

"Developing all areas of the City and facilitating the construction of a new conference center was a priority established by the Tyler 21 Plan," said Tyler Mayor Joey Seeber.  "We are very excited that through this agreement there will be a new, easy access to Lake Bellwood and recreational amenities for all citizens, in addition to a four-star hotel and conference center."  (More)

"This project is important to the entire City as well as the residents in my district," said Council Member Donald Sanders.  "There will be much better access to Lake Bellwood that will provide recreation opportunities and this will also spur other development."

"This agreement is a win-win for the citizens of Tyler," said City Manager Bob Turner.  "These additions will continue to improve the quality of life for all of our citizens. "

Cathryn Khalil, reporting. ckhalil@kltv.com

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