Waco: La Salle Corridor District gets attention

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 9:02 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - A ‘revival’ is in the works for a part of Waco which used to be the epicenter of activity.

City of Waco officials want to re-energize La Salle Avenue, the primary thoroughfare through town before I-35 was built.

“We believe in the revitalization of La Salle, we believe in being a great community partner, and we believe that this is necessary for our city to move forward and to advance and to grow in an equitable manner,” said District 2 councilman Hector Sabido.

On Wednesday night, the city held a community meeting to introduce a vision for the La Salle District Corridor that utilizes the overlay district’s new zoning standards to make it have a more “unified” and “on-brand” feel that’s more aesthetically pleasing and pedestrian friendly.

Officials said they wanted more than Magnolia to be the draw to Waco.

During the meeting, planners discussed current and future efforts to build on the area’s history to make it a destination retail and entertainment district.

“We have an opportunity to really set a standard for what the next level, the next generation of the La Salle Avenue Corridor will look like,” said District 1 councilwoman Andrea Barefield.

The images shown during the meeting were conceptual, planners explained, saying they’re seeking more community input before making anything final.

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