Bell District Archive

Welcome to the Bell District

The Bell District will be 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. The Bell Boulevard Redevelopment Project 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. At full build-out, the 40-acre Bell District is anticipated to include approximately 16 acres of greenspace, the City's new library, a park and social hub, restaurants, multiple blocks of high-density residential, some with ground-floor retail, professional office space and individually-owned urban brownstones. Construction on the Bell District is expected to begin in early 2022. Planning and development of the new Library are now underway. The design process kicked off in January 2021, with renowned Lake | Flato Architects, Inc. and public engagement to help capture the community's creative aspirations and ideas. Construction on the new Library is expected to begin in fall 2022. Learn more about the new Library.

In February 2020, the City entered into a Master Development Agreement with RedLeaf. 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 Corporation.

The Realignment of Bell Boulevard

The realignment of Bell Boulevard is the critical path forward for the project. Before construction of the Bell District can begin in early 2022, the City must finish realigning a section of Bell Boulevard/U.S. Highway 183 from Buttercup Creek Boulevard/Brushy Creek Road to just north of Park Street. The realignment of this section will open a large swath of land for development of the Bell District. Utility relocation work began along the section of road in January 2020, enabling the road construction to start in summer 2020. Road realignment construction is underway and is expected to last through 2021.

Project History

  1. 2014

Comprehensive Plan Adopted

The City of Cedar Park conducts an in-depth study to update the Future Land Use Plan and identify community priorities. Through the process, the community expresses interest in improving the Bell Boulevard corridor.

  1. 2015
  1. 2016
  1. 2017
  1. 2018
  1. 2019
  1. 2020
  1. 2021

Public Meetings

Cedar Park citizens are at the center of the Bell Boulevard Redevelopment Project. Throughout the process, there have been numerous public input opportunities. Collectively, over 1,000 community have attended Bell Boulevard meetings and even more have shared their input. Here's a look at our biggest public input events.

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