Waco: Public meeting set Wednesday on Brazos Promenade

A rendering of the Brazos Promenade project. (City of Waco)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The first of two public meetings about the Brazos Promenade is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Texas Life Annex building in the 1000 block of Washington Avenue.

The meeting will focus on design of the area for the Waco Farmers Market and sidewalks along University Parks Drive.

The Waco City Council last month approved a lease and incentive funds for Catalyst Urban Development for the development of city-owned land along the Brazos River from Jackson Avenue to the I-35 frontage road along the river as well as along Jackson Street from the river to South 2nd Street.

“I would expect that property owners up and down University Parks drive would be interested in what those sidewalk areas might look like and would want to verify that they agree that the design of having bike lanes is a good one,” said Megan Henderson, the executive director of City Center Waco, a nonprofit set up by the city.

Henderson encouraged Farmers Market vendors and shoppers to attend the meeting as well.
There are several components to the promenade including a private sector for residential homes and a public sector for public recreational areas.

Henderson said this project is part of the Imagine Waco plan, a vision to unify East and West Waco.

She said its goal is to use the Brazos River as a connector of both sides of the city instead of divider.

Henderson said the riverfront project along with other projects in East Waco will help unify the city.

"We are connecting east and west with inspirational uses that are available to everyone but that speak to the unique personalities of both sides,” Henderson said.