Bridge Street Front Porch Project
In late 2018 the City of Waco authorized City Center Waco to pursue the use of the 100-foot-wide Bridge Street right-of-way – to create a festival street, and a public plaza. The 2010 Imagine Waco Plan called for this property to both anchor coming development and create a community gathering space for East Waco.
The Bridge Street area has a rich history for East Waco and the idea was to stamp this area with the personality of East Waco, celebrate its heritage, and invite existing and new community members to enjoy it.
With the City’s blessing, City Center Waco convened focus groups of neighborhood members to speak into the planning of such a space. These community folks shared elements of the history, values and priorities of East Waco. Their direction – and especially the phrase “We are a front porch neighborhood” – guided a design that features not only “front porch” type seating areas and a permanent plaza, but a specially-designed street that can be closed and turned into an extended festival area during events.
Today, thanks to incredible work by Walker Partners, RBDR Architects , Barsh Construction, and the City’s team, all four major phases of the project have been designed and construction has started. The project is scheduled to be finished and open to the public in Fall of 2021