Downtown Projects

Downtown Sidewalk Improvements
  • The Downtown Implementation Plan (DIP) adopted by the New Braunfels City Council in January 2010 recommended that the City implement policies to support revitalization efforts in five areas considered critical to the success of downtown:
    • Aesthetics/pedestrian infrastructure
    • Market opportunities
    • Wayfinding
    • Parking reform
    • Circulation/walkability.
  • A 2009 report by CEOs for Cities found that consumers and markets attach a higher value to living within easy walking distance of shopping, services, schools and parks
    • Research demonstrates that commercial properties in walkable areas generate higher lease rates for building owners with less risk.
  • Walkability is strongly associated with higher housing values in nearly all metropolitan areas Downtown New Braunfels already had an ideal street grid for a walkable community, but the DIP identified specific steps the City could take to improve on the existing street grid and promote overall circulation, walkability and pedestrian infrastructure.
  • As a result, a Pedestrian Mobility and Safety (PMS) Plan was prepared by Baker-Aicklen & Associates, Inc. under the advisement of the New Braunfels Downtown Board (NBDB). It developed a framework to address the challenges of revitalizing downtown in two of the five areas: aesthetics/pedestrian infrastructure and circulation/walkability.
  • The PMS Plan delivered concepts about improving the overall pedestrian experience in downtown New Braunfels and delivered preliminary construction estimates to do so.
  • The NBDB divided the project into two phases, with phase one addressing the primary retail corridors of the area: north and south Seguin, west and east San Antonio and Main Plaza
    • Construction plans for the first phase cost approximately: $286,000.
  • The NBDB requested that the New Braunfels Industrial Development Corporation (4B) fund the design of phase one.
    • 4B agreed to do so in late 2011 and the funding for design was approved by City Council in the spring of 2012.
  • In July of 2012, the City Council approved Certificates of Obligation to fully fund phase one of the sidewalk and related improvements in the amount of $2.1 million.
  • As of April 1, 2013, construction plans were at 75% completion. Staff is currently working with subcommittees of the NBDB to finalize design options to comply with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), brick paver layouts, and landscaping options.
  • On April 29, 2013 a public meeting was held with consultants Baker-Aicklen at the Civic Center to go over the sidewalk construction plans and answer questions.
  • City Staff and representatives from Baker-Aicklen will hold on-site meetings on June 27th to discuss sidewalk changes with property and business owners at 11 properties most impacted by ADA changes.
  • Additional public meetings will be held to discuss upcoming sidewalk improvements and keep downtown stakeholders and the community updated.
  • These sidewalk improvements will consist of a total reconstruction of downtown sidewalks and curb as well as the addition of ADA accessibility. The entire construction of phase one is estimated to take nine months to one year to complete.
  • Throughout this process, downtown will remain OPEN FOR BUSINESS! A primary project goal is to minimize disruptions to downtown businesses.
  • Strategies to minimize disruptions are being evaluated as part of the construction contract. Possible options include:
    • maintaining pedestrian access to businesses at all times; and
    • scheduling construction work during businesses’ low season and time; and
    • undertaking ½ block sections one at a time; and
    • requiring that the selected contractor shall have completed similar projects in other cities
  • The City of New Braunfels is committed to ensuring the sustainment, growth, and development of every downtown business and residence. We will keep you updated via the City’s website, local media sources, public meetings, and ongoing verbal communication.
  • Feel free to contact the Main Street/Downtown Development Office at 830-221-4091 or with questions and/or feedback.