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City council approves grant for downtown Temple development

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Posted at 9:46 PM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 22:46:10-05

TEMPLE, TEXAS — Temple City Council approved a grant for downtown Temple development. The funds will help a developer turn a North Main Street building into a food hall and apartments.

“It’s got great bones, great character,” said Tommy Gage, general contractor for the project.

On the ground floor, a food hall called "City Eats" will feature fusion tacos, Asian street food, a bakery and wine and beer. On the top floor, four apartments ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 square feet each.

“I think it’s smart, I think it’s wise. I think it’s compassionate, too. Because there is a lot of youth in the area. Kids need something to do,” said Evan Watson, a city resident.

This property is eligible to receive up to $100,000 in matching grant funds and an additional $30,000 for downtown residential units.

Gage says the developer just purchased the neighboring building for further mixed-use development.

“Certainly within our strategic investment zone, we’ve seen a number of projects within the last couple of years and certainly more frequent in the last year that are going to bring additional visitors and residents downtown,” said Brian Chandler, Director of Planning.

The exact timeline for construction is unclear at this time.