Temple approves 360-acre master plan development

Posted at 11:02 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 22:55:53-05

The city of Temple recently approved a 360-acre master plan development.

The development is called TMED or South Temple Medical Education District.

The goal was to make the space a regional hub with residential, retail, offices and entertainment choices.

Tom frost has lived in Temple almost his whole life. He says the city made a good move by creating the TMED in 2008 and recent approval of plans to expand to that district have him excited.

"It definitely modernizes that area of town and It certainly should give a great boost to our economy. I think it's a great deal and I am looking forward to seeing it happen," Frost said.

The expansion plans include homes, retail shops, offices, and entertainment options all within walking distance.

Thomas Baird is a member of Keep Temple Beautiful and other city committees. He sees lots of benefits to expanding TMED.

"It's a real opportunity to make a campus like approach between Baylor Scott & White, the VA and all the places in between. The more we do that the easier its going to be to recruit those young professionals and those health care workers that we need to have  the viable city that we are all looking for," Baird said 

The 360-acre expansion will be called TMED South, but when construction could begin isn't clear, but Baird is convinced patience will pay off.

"We have a long way to go and it's going to take years and years, but at least we have begun the journey. It's my hope and prayer that maybe I don't see it all come to life, but my kids and my grand kids will," Baird added. 

Copyright 2017 KXXV. All rights reserved.