Welcome to the home of City Center Waco. We are a city-affiliated office charged with driving development and collaboration in what we call the “city center,” an area comprised of Downtown Waco and the surrounding neighborhoods.
We’re excited about the growth and future of Waco and we intend to make the most of the current momentum while adhering to the city’s vision for what Waco can be, working closely with the community and potential development partners, and clearing obstacles to progress.
On this site, we aim to expound on our role and explain how we serve and work with the public, neighborhoods, businesses and developers to create and support a city center that all of Waco can be proud of.
Plan. Engage. Accelerate. Manage.
Projects Under Way
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