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Economy boost: City holds downtown celebration

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE – Children running around playing on the historic courthouse lawn to some good ol’ Texas County were just one of many sights and sounds you would find while taking a stroll downtown Saturday afternoon.

"Discover Downtown" was the kick-off celebration for the city’s famers market and grand opening of the new parking garage downtown Saturday, May 22.

To better provide additional parking for residents visiting local downtown merchants, the new parking garage is sure to be a success.

Whether you were looking for an antique table, doll or just wanting to taste all Waxahachie has to satisfy your palate, it was provided and aimed to please. Proving, Waxahachie is here to stay.

Stay and grow.

According to the April 2010 population estimates released by the North Central Texas Council of Governments, Waxahachie has grown to 31,100 residents.

This growth represents an average growth rate of 4.01 percent, which is currently the highest average growth rate in Ellis County.

The city of Waxahachie issued 19 new building permits for single family homes in March and 18 permits in April of this year.  These numbers signify an increase over 12 months ago, when 14 residential permits were issued in March 2009 and 4 issued in April 2009. 

Country Lane Seniors, Phase Two, will include a subdivision for senior duplex cottages and additional senior apartments.

A flurry of activity is also being seen in commercial development. Several new projects are currently under construction, including Christian Brothers Automotive, Dairy Queen, Comfort Inn & Suites and Family Video.

Petsmart and Popeye’s Chicken have both applied for building permits with the city.

"We are certainly excited about the recent upswing in local development. While the development is encouraging, we are viewing it with a cautious optimism," said City Manager Paul Stevens.

"The past two years for Waxahachie have been challenging, but we have fared better than some other cities," said Stevens.


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