Caldwell, The Next Main Street City

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CALDWELL, Texas Caldwell has been chosen to be one of the next Main Street Communities, and that means big changes are on the way for the old town.

Caldwell was one of three town chosen by the Texas Historical Commission in January. Sealy and Waco were also chosen.

The program allows the city to work with the Historical Commission to redevelop the town, and redesign many of the buildings back to their original, historic look.

Brenham is another example of a Main Street Community. The redesign of their downtown area resurrected the city, and now draws tourists from around the world.

Brenda Van De Walle with the Burleson County Chamber of Commerce said Caldwell City Council has already elected a nine-member board to get started on the groundwork for the project.

"Some of the things we'll be working on are the promotion and the branding of downtown, so it has appeal, as well as economic restructuring," said Walle. "So it has the right mix of retail and commercial to revitalize our downtown historical district."

Texas First Lady Anita Perry will take a tour of Caldwell and the other two cities March 27. During her visit, Walle said an architect with the Texas Historical Commission will unveil drawings of some of the planned redesigned buildings.

Walle said the city is hopeful that if they build it, people will come.

"When you have a concentration and a focus on main street and downtown, and you have more events and more people, the tourism increases," Walle said.

Walle said it's too soon to tell how long the project will take, but although many changes are on the way, the things that make the town so special aren't going anywhere.

"The history, Christmas on the Square, Kolache Festival, all the things that we've had in downtown Caldwell is just a connection, and it's really important," said Walle.

For more information on the Main Street Program, click on the link added to this story.