Just one year ago this month the City of Dripping Springs established two Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ #1 and #2) for the central part of the city. The purpose of the plan is to promote economic development and to plan for infrastructures to support development in the area.
This plan includes the improvement of Old Fitzhugh Road and the future planning of a Triangle tract at the east end of Mercer Street. The west end of Mercer, which is currently owned and occupied by the City of Dripping Springs and Dripping Springs ISD, is potentially being planned to consist of a New Town Center. The new plan is being based on the information by Stakeholder-provider program data with assessments of needs, multiple Stakeholder Visioning and Work sessions along with multiple site visits.
DSISD Administrative offices and Dripping Springs City Hall are both situated in separate buildings on the town’s historic main street, at the west end of Mercer Street. Dripping Springs City Hall is currently occupying an approximately 7,100 square feet (sq. ft.) former church building and is challenged to meet needs of our budding community. It has been estimated that they will need to double their facility over the next ten years to keep up with public service needs. DISD Administrative offices are currently located in buildings and former classrooms that are over sixty-year-old. These spaces have been assessed and deemed to be substandard with degrading conditions. In order to meet the growing needs of the District, an estimated size of an approximately 64,000 sq. ft. space will be needed by the year 2022.
In addition to these two buildings, the Dripping Springs library would like to be in a more visible location to play a more central role in the community. The library is currently in a 9,200 sq. ft. building and proposes to have a space of 30,000 to 35,000 sq. ft. to be able to expand programs to be more united to the public. Hays County also needs approximately 2,500 sq. ft. of satellite space to serve the northern part of the county.
The vision of Town Center is to improve pedestrian and vehicular traffic and will consist of civic and commercial buildings. This plan will also include a signal light at US 290 and Creek Road and an improved, connected flow between Creek Rd, Mercer St. and Parade Way. The expectation is that this will encourage an active pedestrian setting, as well as a meeting spot for special events, gatherings, and festivals that have become a symbolic part of Dripping Springs.
Presentation dates and times will be held at City Hall, 511 Mercer Street, Dripping Springs.
- December 4 at 4 pm, TIRZ Board – Presentation, public hearing, consideration and possible action.
- December 4 at 5:50 pm, Historic Preservation Commission – Presentation, public hearing, consideration and possible action.
- December 12 at 5:30 pm, City Council – Presentation during the workshop, no action taken.
- December 18 at 6:30 pm, Planning, and Zoning Commission – Public hearing, consideration, and possible action.
- December 19 at 6 pm, City Council – Public hearing, consideration, and possible action.
For more information visit http://www.cityofdrippingsprings.com/page/city/tirzboard