Updated 03/07/2013 04:50 PM
LifeAustin complex ready to open in Southwest Austin
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A large-scale church complex that sparked controversy in Southwest Austin has opened to the community with big plans to offer faith, recreation and arts activities.
Pastor Randy Phillips, with what is now LifeAustin church, said the 68-acre complex originally known as Dream City on Highway 71 West will soon offer running trails, a disc golf course and a dog park.
“We want to make this a place where families can hang out seven days a week,” Phillips said.
The controversial $3.5 million amphitheater project is also coming along and expected to be done by fall. Neighbors in the area previously raised concerns about noise and traffic issues that could arise from the project.
Phillips said, however, the amphitheater is six football fields away from the nearest house, and LifeAustin is committed to being a good neighbor.
The site plan for the amphitheater has been approved by the city, but the project also sparked changes. Austin City Council last week decided all non-commercial amphitheaters with more than 50 seats must go through the planning commission instead of just the Planning and Development Review Department.
This process now includes a public hearing.
Watch the video above for more on the evolving LifeAustin church project.