WACO (November 5, 2012)- It's been gone for about four years, but a new and improved Brazos Queen II is expected to travel the Brazos again.
The Waco city council is expected to authorize City Manger Larry Groth to create an agreement with Brazos Queen II, LLC that allows the group of investors to build a riverboat and floating docking facilities for the new attraction.
The project will include a sound stage and restaurant and is expected to provide a taxi service for tourists along the Brazos River.
The agreement will cover a 25 year period where the city will lease an area along the banks of the river where a previous riverboat docked near I -35 and the 400 block of University Parks Drive.
During the first two years, the operator of the vessel will pay the city of Waco $500 per month.
Years three through ten, the city stands to gain a $1,000 dollar monthly fee.
After that, the city and the investment group will negotiate a new fee price.
You may remember the Brazos Belle, formerly known as the Brazos Queen II, adorned the river in Waco some years ago.
While permanently docked in mid 2006, the boat sat still after water levels drop.
Then in 2007, a massive flood damaged the boat beyond repair.
Many Waco residents recall the old boat becoming an eyesore along the banks of the river.
Then in 2008, it was sold for scrap metal.
Many residents say they are looking forward to this added attraction.
Just in time for the Baylor football stadium project, the new Brazos Queen II is expected to be one of many ventures that will help reshape Waco's downtown area and the city's portion along the I-35 corridor.