Downtown Redevelopment/Liberty Square


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This work group is responsible for continuing the City Council’s commitment to downtown development. This includes completing the catalyst project already underway – the downtown hotel, parking garage and Multi-Purpose Events Venue. Other projects the group will also pursue include Liberty Square and the potential renovation and expansion of the Amarillo Civic Center Complex.

Downtown redevelopment will need a focus on implementation of the Strategic Action Plan, the Catalyst Projects and increased collaboration and partnering while engaging the entire community.

In addition to helping carry out projects currently underway, this initiative will expand efforts to accommodate private investment and initiate work on the “Next Phase” of projects. Current Downtown Redevelopment Projects include:

  • Buchanan Street and 6th Avenue Grant-Funded Streetscape Project
  • Convention Center Hotel
  • LGC Parking Garage
  • Utility and Street work for Multi-Purpose Event Venue (MPEV)
    • City Hall Utilities
    • 8th Avenue Paving
    • T-Anchor Force Main
    • 8th Avenue Streetscape
  • Multi-Purpose Event Venue (MPEV)
  • 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue conversion to 2-way thoroughfares
  • Streetscapes along Buchanan Street and 6th Avenue
    • Buchanan from 6th to 2nd Avenues
    • 6th Avenue from Taylor to Polk Streets
  • Wayfinding System in vicinity of catalyst projects
  • Parking Management System in the LGC Garage and in the vicinity of the catalyst projects
  • Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant re-application for funding
  • Repair/Rehabilitation of 5th and 6th avenues
    • 5th Avenue pedestrian corridor/new paving and traffic calming
    • 6th Avenue brick rehabilitation
    • 7th Avenue brick rehabilitation
  • West Texas A&M University expansion into downtown

Expansion efforts include:

  • Establishment of one or more Public Improvement Districts (PIDs) in the area
  • Establishment of a historic district in the warehouse area
  • Evaluation and refinement of incentive offerings by TIRZ, LGC, Center City, etc.
  • Expansion of housing-specific incentives
  • Reevaluation of design standards in warehouse area

“Next Phase” Projects include:

  • Civic Center Needs Assessment
  • Formal design concepts for Liberty Square
    • Preliminary construction costs
    • Architectural & Engineering (A&E) for project construction and green space
    • Streetscape costs
  • Expansion and relocation of transit facilities
  • Enhancement of gateways into downtown
  • Enhancement of City-owned properties

Additional Priority Initiatives:

  • Enhancement of alternative transportation
  • Completion of priority Civic Center renovations/expansions
  • Completion of TIGER grant funded projects
  • Redevelopment/Remodel of Santa Fe Depot
  • Completion of Liberty Square
  • Additional parking facilities/operations