The Austin Community College District (ACC) will host a series of Community Conversations to share information and get feedback about the future of its Pinnacle Campus in Southwest Austin. The conversations will be held at Oak Hill United Methodist Church (7815 U.S. 290), across from the Pinnacle Campus.
ACC Pinnacle Campus Community Conversations
“Our role as Trustees is to serve as a conduit to our communities,” says Gigi Edwards-Bryant, ACC Board of Trustees chair. “I’m pleased that we’re engaging with stakeholders who live, work, and play here. It’s a powerful opportunity to learn about their unique needs.”
The college is exploring what a future campus on the Pinnacle Campus property will look like. ACC will share information about the districtwide Campus Master Planning process and invite the community to share ideas and provide feedback. There are 49 acres of current green space at Pinnacle that are designated for future college development.
“Our campuses are a reflection of the communities they serve. This is an exciting opportunity to step back and examine what the southwest Austin region lacks when it comes to higher education,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president/CEO. “We want to learn about the business and industry needs, explore growth trends, and take a thoughtful and collaborative approach as we move forward with a state-of-the-art learning environment that will serve the southwest region for years to come.”
The Pinnacle Campus building itself closed in summer 2018 for evaluation of needed repairs and renovations. In April, ACC’s Board of Trustees declared the building and its nine adjacent acres as surplus property that no longer met the standards and mission of the college and would be too costly to repair or renovate. Trustees hired a real estate firm to gauge interest in the building and its immediate nine acres. In November, Trustees reviewed bids and dismissed all current offers.
The Community Conversations are free and open to the public. For more information, visit austincc.edu/pinnaclenextsteps.