On Wednesday, November 15th, at 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to attend a meeting where the South Castell Visioning Plan will be presented and discussed. This is the fifth in a series of planned public meetings to introduce the community to the visioning process that is underway for the South Castell Ave. area in downtown New Braunfels. The meeting will be held in City Council Chambers at New Braunfels City Hall, 550 Landa Street.
As in the preceding public meetings, residents, property and business owners will have an opportunity to see the progression of the plan since the prior meeting and to provide their input.
“Preceding the November 15th public meeting, we will offer tours of the site,” said City Manager Robert Camareno. “Being able to see the site in its current condition – and then working with our consultants Douglas Architects to visualize what could be there – is an important part of this process. However, visual images will also be available at the public input meeting at City Hall, if you are unable to participate in a tour.”
Those wishing to join in a pre-meeting tour should gather just outside the South Castell Ave. entrance to the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center (375 South Castell Ave.) at either 5:00 or 5:30 p.m. for one of the approximately 30 minutes tours.
There are several more years of work to complete the project. Next steps include: a sixth public input meeting in January of 2018, finalizing the plan and adoption by the City Council, creating a new zoning district, constructing a public works facility to house City operations and equipment still at the Castell Avenue location, qualifying development groups that would be a good fit for New Braunfels, establishing a Design Review Committee, soliciting requests for proposal for construction and negotiating a final development agreement.