Kalahari Resort Project

 

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Kalahari Resorts has chosen Round Rock as the location of its fourth family resort and convention center. The City views this proposal as a game-changer for our community. Its proximity to Old Settlers Park and Dell Diamond – two well-established venues that together draw more than a million visitors annually – bodes well for a successful, tourism-oriented development. This is essentially a new industry for Round Rock that will provide substantial property tax revenues and diversify available employment opportunities.

A family-owned business, Kalahari Resorts delivers a “world-away” waterpark resort and conference experience beyond expectations. The authentically African-themed Kalahari Resorts feature well-appointed guest rooms, full-service amenities, fully equipped fitness centers, on-site restaurants, unique retail shops and state-of-the-art conference centers.

Information on project pages is updated as it becomes available. Questions and comments about the project can be emailed to: kalahari@roundrocktexas.gov

Location

The development will be located on U.S. 79 across from the Dell Diamond and Old Settlers Park. The map below provides a view of the project location.

 

Timeline

May 2018

Kalahari breaks ground

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions’ team members and executives gathered with 250 supporters to break ground on the new African-themed waterpark and convention center on May 15. The project is scheduled to open in 2020.

 

Apr 2018

Economic Development board, City Council approve series of agreements

The board of directors of the Round Rock Transportation and Economic Development Corporation (TEDCo) and the City Council approved at their respective meetings Thursday, April 26, a series of agreements related to the Kalahari Resortsproject.

The most significant are a $40 million construction agreement with Hensel Phelps to construct the City-owned convention center that will be a feature of the project, and a $15 million agreement with Kalahari for the construction of onsite public improvements, that includes roads and water and wastewater lines. Both contracts are with TEDCo. The City Council votes were to authorize the agreements.

Apr 2018

City Council approves zoning

The Round Rock City Council approved Kalahari’s zoning applications at its April 12, 2018, meeting.

Mar 2018

Planning and Zoning Commission recommends zoning approval

The Round Rock Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the project at its March 7 meeting.

Feb 2018

City Council debt reimbursement resolution

The City Council approved Feb. 22 a resolution expressing official intent to reimburse certain design and construction of offsite public improvement expenditures in conjunction with the Kalahari Project, from the proceeds of a future tax-exempt Certificate of Obligation debt issuance.

Jan 2018

Transportation and Economic Development Corporation approvals

The Round Rock Transportation and Economic Development Corporation approved a series of resolutions related to the project, including: design and construction of onsite public improvements; design and construction of a Convention Center; intent to reimburse certain project expenditures related to the Convention Center from the proceeds of a future taxable sales tax backed revenue debt issuance; and, intent to reimburse onsite public improvement expenditures from the proceeds of a future tax-exempt sales tax backed debt issuance.

Aug 2017

City Council to vote on Convention Center architect contract

The City Council voted Aug. 24, 2017, to approve an architectural contract for the Convention Center.

May 2017

Kalahari Rezoning Open Houses

A pair of open house meetings were held for public input on the rezoning process for the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center project. The meetings were Tuesday, May 9, and Thursday, May 18, at Ridgeview Middle School, 2000 Via Sonoma Trail.

More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/KalahariOpenMay17

Jan 2017

City Council votes Jan. 26 to purchase of additional 1.5 acres for project, amend lease agreements with Kalahari.

Dec 2016
Jul 2016

City officials, Kalahari representatives continue discussions on incentive agreement.

Kalahari and its consultants working on master plan for 355 acres it has under contract.

Jun 2016

JUNE 23, 2016: Round Rock City Council unanimously approves memorandum of understanding with Kalahari Resorts

JUNE 15, 2016: Kalahari Resorts announces intention to locate in Round Rock

May 2016

City, Round Rock Economic Development Partnership (RREDP), and Kalahari Resorts leadership and legal representatives collaborate on creating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Dec 2015

Kalahari Resorts site selector asks Round Rock for details on a potential proposal

Jul 2015

Kalahari opens its third resort in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania

May 2015

Economic feasibility study is completed

Mar 2015

Round Rock is notified it is a finalist under consideration for Kalahari’s first resort in Texas and an economic feasibility study is requested

Jan 2015

Kalahari Resorts leadership and family members tour the currently proposed site

Nov 2014

Kalahari Resorts leadership tours various potential sites throughout Texas

Sep 2014

Kalahari Resorts site selector visits Round Rock to look at potential sites

Aug 2014

Round Rock Economic Development Partnership (RREDP) sends information about Round Rock to Kalahari Resorts in an effort to diversify local economy and attract a destination resort to the community