Work starts on Floyd Casey Village

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Editor’s note: The Tribune-Herald is wrapping up 2023 with a series looking back at the Waco area’s top stories of the year, chosen by our editors and staff writers. The countdown continues with No. 6.

Many housing developments were platted, broke ground or caused a stir in 2023, but one iconic site seemed to shine above the rest: Floyd Casey Village.

The redevelopment of the 72-acre former Floyd Casey Stadium site began this year after the city’s 2019 request for proposals process chose Turner Brothers Development to create a $100 million multiuse, mixed-income development including 259 single-family residences, three multifamily sites and three commercial sites. Planning and work also took off for a regional park taking in the Hart-Patterson Track and Field complex across Clay Avenue.

City contributions to the Floyd Casey redevelopment include the land, $19.2 million in Tax Increment Financing funding and up to $6.25 million in Chapter 380 economic development grants.

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Utilities and materials await placement at the Floyd Casey Stadium redevelopment site. 




The development’s final plat was approved by the Waco Plan Commission in February and by city council in May, setting in motion early site work and construction planning.

In July, Turner Brothers hosted the last of a few town hall meetings to solicit ideas for Hispanic street names in the Floyd Casey redevelopment site. Latin American community members showed out in droves for the conversation, offering up several names of locally and nationally influential people.

Sustaita, Montelongo, Rodriguez, Sanchez and Fraga were all among names suggested for the streets, but the final decision will lie with the city’s naming committee and addressing coordinator. The Turners confirmed Friday that the committee was working through a list of submitted names following the city’s standard naming procedures and double checking that the names meet safety standards required for law enforcement response.

“The street naming process is pretty extensive but both groups are working together to keep that process moving forward,” the firm said in an email.







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Infrastructure work is well underway at Floyd Casey Village.




By August dirt was moving at Floyd Casey Village, with the imprints of future roads snaking through the dust and rubble of the empty site. The Turners said their civil contractors are currently preparing lots near Dutton Avenue and 29th Street and working on underground utilities.

Vertical construction is anticipated to begin in 2024, but completion of lot development may take until 2025. The Turners said many local builders have expressed interest in the neighborhood, and a few lots are currently under contract with a local builder native to South Waco.







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Groundwork is underway at the former Floyd Casey Stadium site, including demolition, site preparation and infrastructure placement. Vertical construction is expected to start in August on Floyd Casey Village’s 259 single-family homes, three multifamily sites and three commercial sites.




Regional park

A $3 million contract with landscape architectural firm Design Workshop for park planning and design was approved in June.

Waco Parks and Recreation and planners from Design Workshop hosted their first meeting in October to gain public input on the regional park to encompass more than 30 acres and take in the Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex on Clay Avenue. A second public meeting was held earlier this month, honing in on main focuses for the park.

“It’s just such an opportunity in terms of park development for our city, the fact that we’re able to have 30 to 40 acres here right in the heart of Waco,” Parks and Recreation Director Jonathan Cook said in October. “It’s a great neighborhood that deserves just a great park, but this is a park for everyone in Waco.

“We want it to be a destination where you come and it has a dynamic, inclusive playground with a great trail system, but you’re in the heart of the city but along Waco Creek where you can still feel you’re in the middle of nature.”

An inclusive playground has risen to the top of the park’s plans, a major priority of Council Member Alice Rodriguez’s this year. Also rising to the top was an emphasis on Latin American influence in the park’s colors and features, activation of the Waco Creek corridor through boardwalks, trail systems with connectivity to the surrounding neighborhood and lots of space for sports, potentially including a skate park.

The city has committed more than $25 million for the park, with $12.5 million slated in the 2024 budget. A principal with the design firm in October said the goal is to complete a visioning plan by February.







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Turner Brothers Development has demolished what was left of the former Floyd Casey Stadium site shown in this file photo, making way for new roads currently under development for the $100 million multiuse site. 




WATCH NOW: Sanchez, Montelongo and Sustaita were among names suggested at a Tuesday meeting in the the South Waco community meeting.





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