Waco: Officials see opportunity where BU stadium once stood

The City of Waco is just six weeks away from a deadline for proposals on how to develop the 80 acres of land where the Baylor’s Floyd Casey football stadium once stood. (Photo by Bill Gowdy)
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WACO, TEXAS (KWTX) The City of Waco is just six weeks away from a deadline for proposals on how to develop the 80 acres of land along South Valley Mills Drive where the Baylor’s Floyd Casey football stadium once stood.

The city acquired the land in a swap with the university.

"I hope they are out there kind of generating ideas,” Waco Economic Development Manager Kent George said.

George says he hopes “they have taken our objectives that we want to see on the property and (are) really putting some imagination into it and (will) bring us something that’s well planned."

George says all types of homes and stores could dot the land.

"We want to make sure that the neighbors have an opportunity to take advantage of what we will develop as well as the potential for percentages of retail maybe small percentages of rental, affordable homes."

The deadline for proposals is Nov. 22.

“Then we'll take a look at them and pick several or maybe one to present to the city council. A decision won't come until next year with site preparations possibly as early as next fall,” George said.

Area resident and pastor Cyrus Evans says he welcomes the potential changes.

“Wow there is so much that can be done here,” he said.

“This can be a city within the city,” he said.

“I think we can put houses here (and) I think we'd like to put some more stores here because there's really not a lot of here in the Beverly Hills area."

New Waco Parks and Recreation Department head Jonathan Cook says the master plan will include Hart-Patterson Track and Field.

“There's another corridor that runs on the backside of the property that initially one day we would hope to see connect to downtown,” he said.

"What we have with this property is a great opportunity to look at some development that will really increase the value in the neighborhoods around it," he said.