BUDA, Texas (KXAN) – The city of Buda is now one of 89 cities statewide to be named a Texas Main Street city. The Texas Main Street Program focuses on revitalizing historic downtowns and neighborhoods.
“Our designation into this program means that we now have access to some very valuable resources through the State of Texas,” said Main Street Manager Maggie Gillespie. “These include everything from small business assistance, to access to grants, downtown planning, project design assistance and more.”
According to the Texas Historical Commission, the Main Street Program is community-led, creating leaders within communities and relies heavily on expertise and commitment from locals on how to transform the city.
On Tuesday, Buda was part of an official dedication with special guest Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott.
“The Main Street Community is a collaborative effort, it’s success is rooted in the dedication of its community leaders and volunteers,” said Abbott. “Much of the success of the Main Street Program comes from the hours contributed by the community partners and volunteers. I know that Buda businesses and residents will be adding to that total with this Main Street Renewal Program.”
City leaders say the program will help bring in a new wave of tourists, money and new businesses. “We are really on the cusp of something great here in downtown,” said Buda Mayor Todd Rudge. “It’s like being part of the club, and now we’re part of the club.”
Rudge says he’s already been in contact with other cities like Georgetown that are also part of the Main Street Program, he says the program opens up new doors and contacts that will help the city of Buda focus on what they really want their downtown to look like.
“We are going to be looking at re-purposing old buildings and really making our downtown a destination,” said Rudge.
“This is a precious part of Hays County I mean this is precious, how do you replace this? You can’t replace the feeling, you can’t replace the touch, you can’t replace the history,” said Carrington Crossing’s owner Eileen Conley.
For Conley, the chance to serve more people is always a positive.
“We need to perpetuate the history and the heritage of this nation and this is a really good place to do it,” said Conley. “I think it’s going to help my business.”
The city of Buda is asking residents for feedback and ideas on what they would like to see downtown look like in the future. To fill out the survey, visit the City of Buda’s website.
Buda joins a list of other local cities that are part of the program including, San Marcos, Seguin, New Braunfels, Georgetown and Taylor.