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Muny Lease to Expire in 2019

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Image by Audrey Morton for KUT News
Austin Council Member Mike Martinez speaks at a "Save Muny" rally in 2008. UT Regents will allow the lease on the Lions' Municipal Golf Course to expire in 2019.

Statesman.com is reporting that University of Texas Regents voted unanimously this morning allow the lease for a city-owned golf course in West Austin to expire in 2019.  One regent abstained from the vote.

The Lions' Municipal Golf Course--better known to some as "Muny"--opened over 85 years ago.  It sits on the Brackenridge Tract, a 350-acre plot near Lady Bird Lake that currently houses the course and a university field lab.

An advisory group recommended that UT redevelop the area, creating a mixed-use development.  Golf course supporters lobbied to keep the course open, recommending most recently a partnership with cities, counties and hospital districts to create a medical school campus on the tract.