The city’s Downtown Masterplan is a blue print for development and, to an extent, preservation within the Central Business Area. The plan was developed as a proactive initiative to revitalize the city’s historic downtown square by the community and such organizations as the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce, Historic Waxahachie, Inc., Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association, City of Waxahachie and Citizens National Bank.
The highlights from the Plan include activities and development that will encourage and build on the city’s heritage tourism industry. This was identified as the community’s most appealing asset and niche for sustained viability.
Additionally, five projects were selected as being of the highest priority for implementation. They include new development and revitalization efforts related to the Entertainment District, the Courthouse Square, the Antique District, a Jazz Plaza Facility and an Entry Portal to Downtown.
The Courthouse District related projects have been selected by Waxahachie Partnership (the Masterplan’s implementation organization) as the most critical project. Downtown Waxahachie has already begun to take on a new look as the following projects are taking shape:
• Complete restoration of the city’s only antique brick intersection. The intersection of Water and Rogers Streets has been rebuilt using the authentic paver bricks of a bygone era.
• Creation of the county’s newest farmers market. The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market is reminiscent of a time when goods were bought and sold in an open-air market place. The Market runs from spring to late fall each year.
• Construction of the city’s only downtown park. The Courthouse Park offers citizens and visitors a location for refreshing themselves after a day of shopping. The park provides public restrooms, an ATM machine, informational signage of points of interest and shaded seating.
• Installation of historic street signage. The city of Waxahachie is fortunate to be home to five Nationally Registered Historic Districts. Antique street signs are being installed in each of these districts designating their boundaries.
At Work for the Community
Keep Waxahachie Beautiful is an aggressive committee working toward receiving the Governor’s Community Achievement Award from the Keep Texas Beautiful organization. Adopt-A-Highway, Yard of the Month, City Recycling and the planting of wildflowers and bluebonnets are just a portion of their Program of Work. Citizens National Bank and Giles Monument were the businesses that received "Who Keeps Waxahachie Beautiful" recognition in 2003.
The Crime Prevention Commission is under the auspices of the Chamber’s Program of Work. National Night Out is one of the events that the organization participates in and sponsors.