The New Braunfels HEB Plus recently opened, giving residents a great new spot to shop for everything from groceries to electronics to river gear. But the city is far from done introducing exciting new amenities in New Braunfels.
Paula DiFonzo, chairman of the Greater New Braunfels Economic Development Foundation, just provided an update on important projects that are “either underway or in the planning stages” in the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung. They include:
The Headwaters at the Comal Springs, which broke ground on August 2. “This 16-acre former service center and warehousing site will soon be transformed into an educational and environmental showcase for citizens and Texans to enjoy,” she said. The Headwaters at the Comal will feature landscape design that transforms the existing asphalt into an immersive natural landscape with lush wildflowers, native trees, walking paths, and an educational facility for use in the community.
City Hall Redevelopment—“This past February, our EDF board and members were updated on the current city hall property re-development efforts off Castell Avenue,” she said. “This 7+ acre site will soon be vacated by city administration as they move to their new offices at the former Albertson’s."
The city hired Douglas Architects, who have since held two public forums about the site and what it should include. This project provides an “unprecedented opportunity to create a mixed-use development in the city’s downtown core” and to “help to meet the “tourism, cultural and recreational development” goal outlined in the city’s Economic Development Strategic Plan,” said the New Braunfels Chamber.
“The available 10-acre area has the potential for more than $100 million in investments into the community and could serve as a catalytic-type project for the downtown area. This public-private partnership could accommodate 690,000 to 1,000,000 square feet of space at buildout, which could include a parking structure with 600-800 parking spaces and a 140-210 room hotel. In addition to parking and hotel space, the project could include retail, office space, housing, restaurants and pocket parks.”
New city recreation center breaking ground—On September 14, the new city recreation center at the site of the former Landa Plaza Shopping Center is set to break ground. A long time coming (The New Braunfels City Council chose Landa Plaza as the new site for the $15.6 million Community Recreation Center back in 2014), the Center is expected to include provide new recreational amenities in New Braunfels such as an indoor pool, sport courts, and exercise center.
The Central Texas Technology Center will hold their ribbon cutting for Phase 2 on September 9. This expansion will double the footprint of the existing center, creating room for far more students.
Howard Payne University will celebrate the Grand Opening of its new local headquarters on Loop 337 South in the former Supplize Building on September 8. “The newly remodeled facility includes administrative offices, classrooms, a conference room and study areas to accommodate the planned expansion of HPU in the area,” they said.
Wayland Baptist University is moving its San Antonio-based nursing school to the Heritage Business Center off of Independence Drive in New Braunfels.
“WBU’s Nursing school programs offer a Generic Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), an LVN to BSN and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN),” said the Chamber. Dr. Diane Frazor, the Dean of the School of Nursing, explained that the move was precipitated by a desire to “create something enduring, and we’re convinced we’ve found that here in New Braunfels. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Wayland offers plenty of hands-on experiences for our students. This new location will make the biggest impact possible toward solving the current nursing shortage in our part of the state.”
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