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Old Posted Mar 23, 2015, 4:14 AM
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I-35 bridges outfitted with color-changing lights



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Work crews Wednesday were putting the finishing touches on new decorative LED lights that will illuminate the access road bridges along Interstate 35 over the Brazos River.

Baylor University paid $500,000 for the lighting system that can be programmed to glow in different colors — such as green and gold when the Bears are playing next door at McLane Stadium.

A committee with officials from Baylor, the city of Waco and the Texas Department of Transportation will be in control of bridge lighting for holidays, games and other special events.

The lighting system provides indirect lighting for the towers, cables and decks of the bridges, as well as lighting beneath on the Riverwalk. The lighting can be programmed for almost any color combination, but on most nights it will slowly phase from white to blue to yellow about every five minutes, project officials have said.
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Old Posted Mar 23, 2015, 4:57 AM
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Council gives TIF funds to downtown Waco lofts, considers annexation

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By J.B. SMITH
January 20th. 2015

Waco City Council gave green lights Tuesday to a variety of housing developments, approving incentives for downtown lofts, rezoning a Cameron Park subdivision and giving preliminary approval to annex a large new residential tract.

The council approved giving Realtex Development Corp. $750,000 from the downtown Tax Increment Financing Zone fund to assist the development of 96 more residential units at Franklin Place, 600 Franklin Ave. The $11.6 million project also will include a parking garage at the bottom of the five-story building.

Realtex vice president John Boyd told the council that the 63 residential units already built at Franklin Place are full, and two “very exciting” tenants are under contract for the downstairs retail space.

“We think downtown living is important for the downtown district,” he said. “We see a lot of momentum happening.”
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Waco Mammoth site could become national park

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April 7th. 2015

WACO, Texas (KXAN) – The federal government seems to be interested in creating a national park near Waco.

The director of the National Park Service met city leaders and researchers from Baylor University Tuesday to discuss permanent reservation of the Waco Mammoth Site.

“The Waco Mammoth Site offers an exciting opportunity to engage students, visitors and scientists alike with the story of these extinct mammoths,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “As the National Park Service looks toward our centennial next year, places like the Waco Mammoth Site provide great opportunities for more Americans to develop a lifelong relationship with parks as places where they can play and learn about amazing stories contained at sites like this.”

The bones stumbled upon almost four decades ago revealed one of the most complete fossil records of mammoths in the world. Twenty-four animals in all, Waco is one of the few places where we families of mammoths were discovered, some as young as 3 years old.

In a report to Congress, The National Park Service concluded that the fossils were “nationally significant, worthy for permanent preservation, and feasible for inclusion into the National Parks system.”
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UMHB new Performing Arts Center Planned



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The section of US 190/Central Texas Expressway between Belton and Copperas Cove will soon be designated as Interstate 14, which includes Fort Hood, Killeen and Harker Heights.

http://www.kxxv.com/story/30695293/u...-interstate-14
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The section of US 190/Central Texas Expressway between Belton and Copperas Cove will soon be designated as Interstate 14, which includes Fort Hood, Killeen and Harker Heights.

http://www.kxxv.com/story/30695293/u...-interstate-14
Wow... there are so many other places in the state that deserve interstate designation over this route.
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They should build a new interstate south of Killeen to connect up with 192 and the new college. Killeen needs more of a young artsy cool downtown to be acceptable by the time that college is finished, granted it will take 30 some years.
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Hot Waco hotel market reignites talk of big riverfront hotel

Posted: Friday, January 15, 2016 7:01 pm
By J.B. SMITH

City leaders have been dreaming for more than a decade of a new full-service hotel to bolster Waco’s profile as a destination, with nothing to show for it but old watercolor renderings of what might have been.

Catalyst Urban Development of Dallas is negotiating to do a master development on city-owned land along the riverfront including restaurants, shopping and hundreds of housing and office units. The plan also includes a multistory hotel with boat access at Interstate 35 and the river, behind Clifton Robinson Tower, though it is proposed as a phase in the indefinite future.

“You have to work off the existing market today,” he said. “You can’t finance it based on ‘build it and they will come.’ . . . The tricky thing about a full-service hotel with all the amenities is that it’s very expensive. Those are huge numbers.”

In the most recent hotel occupancy reports from third quarter 2015, Greater Waco had an occupancy rate of 72.6 percent, lagging behind only Austin and Amarillo among Texas cities. The statewide average was 64.9 percent.
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S&W Baylor has started construction on it's new distribution center in Temple



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"The District" retail center located in Temple will start in a few months.



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City of Temple lifted Tattoo ban



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Freebirds, Raising Cane's are one of few restaurants that have now opened in Temple.



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Construction beginning next month on Santa Fe Plaza in downtown Temple.





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The Santa Fe Plaza will be a multi functional facility consisting of two office complexes and landscaping in between them. Director of Parks Kevin Beavers said. Completion of Santa Fe Plaza will be in 2018.
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Baylor S&W plans $60 million Surgical Science Facility Temple



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BRS Surf Ranch Waco



It took me by surprise that Waco was the next surf destination in Texas. Congrats Waco.

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BRS Surf Ranch Waco

It took me by surprise that Waco was the next surf destination in Texas. Congrats Waco.

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We spent yesterday at BSR.

It's grown quite a bit in a couple years.
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Upscale ‘Vantage’ apartments to open in Waco
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September 26, 2016



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A San Antonio-based development group that has been spreading the “Vantage” name to communities around Texas is clearing land next to University High School on New Road to build a $23 million Vantage at Waco upscale apartment complex.

The complex will have 288 units when it is completed in fall 2017.
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“Waco will get a full amenities package, including a couple of dog parks, a resort-size swimming pool, a workout area and lots of green space for barbecue pits and picnic tables,” Condit said. “We’re also putting in Waco a concierge service for handling package deliveries, and a special dog wash that works with the touch of a button.”
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On the west side of Interstate 35, also on New Road, construction is winding down on the $25 million Tuscany Ranch Apartments, which is 284 units spread over 22 buildings and 11 acres.
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“I bet they will be filled by the time we complete construction on Vantage at Waco,” said Condit, adding he does not think Waco is getting too many apartments.
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Also in South Waco, Wisconsin-based Continental Properties is building 280 apartment homes in the 4900 block of Bagby Avenue, across the street from Cottonwoood Creek Golf Course. Pre-leasing reportedly has begun at Springs at Cottonwood Creek, and occupancy may begin as early as January 2017.
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We spent yesterday at BSR.

It's grown quite a bit in a couple years.
That's cool. I have yet to go there, but from what others say it's becoming real popular.
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County, city leaders report positive strides locally

Lots of great news coming in from Waco.

http://m.wacotrib.com/news/city_of_w....html?mode=jqm
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TIF board approves $20 million for riverfront development

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Nov. 5th. 2016

The $100 million Brazos Promenade project gained momentum Friday as the downtown Tax Increment Financing Zone board approved $20.2 million in public improvements for the project.

With a 7-0 recommendation from the TIF board, the funding proposal goes to the Waco City Council for final approval Nov. 16 and Dec. 6.

In its first phase, Catalyst is planning 264 dwelling units and an array of restaurant and retail offerings, followed quickly by a second phase in 2018 with a 12-story full-service hotel at the site of the current fire tower, which will be razed. It also includes a destination indoor-outdoor restaurant between the farmers market and an existing water feature on the riverwalk.

A third phase would include more restaurants and active public spaces.
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