KILLEEN, TX — Killeen’s revitalization workforce are hoping the distinctiveness of historic downtown will appeal to aspiring enterprise house owners and traders to revamp the financial system of north Killeen areas.
The workforce behind the restoration efforts say this space has a wealthy historical past that is enticing to many present enterprise house owners.
They’re hoping a wide range of grants and different financial incentives will get others right here.
“The downtown is the guts of our metropolis, it’s the lounge of our financial system,” stated Deirdre Kirk.
Flash again to the 1930’s, downtown Killeen was booming.
Although the world is not as strong right this moment, revitalization planner Deirdre Kirk says they’re continually working to reboot the world.
“We now have numerous traders eager to be a part of this environment down right here. You realize with the paintings that we’ve down right here within the vegetation there’s numerous obtainable properties down right here,” Kirk stated.
Nevertheless this isn’t occurring in a single day.
Kirk says again in August, there was a 43% emptiness charge within the downtown historic district, which was round that charge earlier than the pandemic.
Now, ordinances, just like the vacant constructing registry, tackle this drawback and offers aspiring enterprise house owners many choices to select from.
“There’s going to be much more obtainable properties for folks to tackle energetic companies,” she stated.
Waving constructing allowing charges, reimbursement alternatives for leans, and even a facade grant particular to downtown, continues to draw entrepreneurs like Josie McKinney to Killeen.
“I drove throughout Texas on the lookout for a group that had the love of their downtown however we’re nonetheless engaged on bringing it again as a result of I wish to be part of the hassle,” stated McKinney.
Coming from Alaska, McKinney says one thing concerning the outdated mid-century workplace constructing, that’s now her farm to desk restaurant Let’s Eat Texas, simply felt like house.
“This can be a labor of affection for me, you realize it is vital for folks to see what you are able to do with these buildings and present their satisfaction of historical past,” she stated.
In only a 12 months and a half, she’s fully transformed the constructing, is now the President of the Retailers Affiliation, and continues to immerse herself into downtown Killeen.
“It’s tremendous thrilling for me to see any enhancements that occurs, it’s thrilling to see house owners that take possession and satisfaction within the buildings that they’re occupying. I’m simply actually excited to see that maintain shifting ahead,” stated McKinney.
“We now have lots of people which are working collectively to try to revitalize the world, numerous optimistic influences, and numerous potential available,” stated Kirk.
Kirk hopes tales like McKinney’s conjures up aspiring enterprise house owners to take an opportunity and begin their enterprise in downtown Killeen.
To get a break down of the obtainable properties you’ll be able to go to the town of Killeen’s website.