Waco: Stadium Site Redeveloper Proposes 300 Housing Units, Commercial, Rec Space
Featured Photo (above): A local company looks to redevelop the former Floyd Casey Stadium site, seen here in 2013, into a pedestrian-friendly residential mixed-use neighborhood. Image: Google Streets
By Edmond Ortiz Waco (McLennan County)–The company tapped by the city to redevelop the former Floyd Casey Stadium envisions a new mixed-income residential-centric neighborhood with different types of housing accompanied by commercial, open spaces and trails.
Turner Behringer Real Estate, a local firm chosen to lead the redevelopment of the complex, is bounded by Dutton and Clay avenues, South 29th, Willowbrook and South 32nd streets, and South Valley Mills Drive.
During a City Council presentation May 19, Sarah Roberts of KSR Advantage, a local firm consulting with Turner Behringer, said the developer proposes turning the former stadium site into Floyd Casey Village Center, a walkable neighborhood with connected brownstones, zero-lot townhomes, cottages and other homes.
Roberts said 74,000 square feet of land along Valley Mills Drive would be made up of small-scale commercial and office space meant to serve area residents. The conceptual plan also calls for small office spaces along Dutton Avenue.
Conceptual plan for Floyd Casey Village Center, a proposed mixed-use, mixed-density, mixed-income remake of the former Baylor Bears football stadium site. Image: Turner-Behringer
More than 7,200 feet of trails would be laid along Waco Creek and the Hart-Patterson track and field complex. The trails, Roberts said, would link to commercial redevelopment that is in the works along Mary Avenue, as well to the South Waco Recreation Center and 29th Street.
Public facilities, civic/gathering areas and an inclusive par would fill out the remaining 10 acres.
“Our conceptual plan is designed around connection,” Roberts said during the presentation.
City officials said nearby neighborhood and homeowners associations will be invited to provide input on the stadium redevelopment plan during the public engagement process, which will launch with an initial meeting to be set up early this summer.
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.