BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) – Navasota’s growth as a cultural center has been hard to forget. The city has invested in capital improvements and revitalization projects in recent years. Thursday the city celebrated showcasing its latest multimillion dollar developments with the completion of Railroad Street improvement projects.
Resolving the issue of drainage, focusing on creating an aesthetic atmosphere and investing in the future is bringing the downtown area into a new era.
“We have a lot of flooding issues downtown and so we addressed that. The capacity is more than three times what it is but it also brings a reason to beautify it as well as attract investment and here is what we have now, ”Said Mayor Bert Miller of Navasota.
“Our downtown area is our economic engine for Navasota and this project here is just an added asset to our downtown area,” said Jason Weeks, Navasota City Manager.
As the developments began to pick up, more businesses began to pop up in Navasota.
“We opened the barbershop and we opened the rooftop bar here at Rail & Rye and now our indoor dining area,” said Chris Tucker, Rail & Rye Co-Owner.
“The city has been instrumental in redeveloping the road here, Railroad Street. They are doing a great drainage project, streetscape revitalization and it is very beautiful, ”Tucker said.
These are changes that have been noticed by tourists, residents and business owners.
“They’ve done a great job of making it feel safe and accessible to people who come to town,” Tucker said.
The city has not slowed to progress. Their next big project includes streetscaping on East Washington Avenue. That will start this summer. The city received more than a $ 2 million grant for sewer and drainage improvements. Union Pacific helped pay for the safety improvements to the routes.
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