Downtown and the co-op district
Preserving and growing Downtown Hutto will maintain its impact on the City’s economic base, allowing residents to work and play in Hutto. With mixed-use development, including residential, retail and business development, the development of Downtown and the Co-Op will not only preserve our history but usher in our future as well.
Update: Hutto Prioritized Retail, Industry as the City Looks to Pivot Away From a "Bedroom Community" from Community Impact.
New concept art:
East Street improvements continue, including the addition of 42 new parking spaces, new paving and new striping. Landscaping will begin in the spring.
Watch the video below to learn more about the future of Hutto's Downtown! Check out our groundbreaking photos here!
On Nov. 2, 2017, amid a crowd of residents, City Council members, City staff and developers, the City of Hutto broke ground on a unique entertainment destination in the Central Texas region.
“The City Council and I are thrilled to be part of this historic day,” Mayor Doug Gaul said. “We’ve known this is going to improve the quality of life for all of us here in Hutto, and we’ve been looking forward to this for a long time.”
The Co-Op District, a new master-planned mixed-use lifestyle development, is situated on 25 acres adjacent to historic Downtown Hutto and integrates Hutto’s past with its future. The renovated cotton gin building and original cotton silos add to the historic aesthetic of the site.
Originally purchased in 2004, the City of Hutto intended to use the property to generate private sector investment interest with the hopes of seeing some type mixed-use development in the space. Later, as economic fortunes turned downwards across Texas and the nation, those plans were put on hold.
In May of 2017, the City Council approved a development agreement with MA Partners to begin planning, focusing on a “city center” concept. MA Partners have worked on other Central Texas projects including Avery Ranch Golf Club, the East Williamson County Higher Education Center in Hutto, and the Texas A&M Health Science Center in Round Rock
"This is a monumental day to implement the City Council’s vision. They had a vision of the Co-Op District as a special place, unique in this marketplace,” City Manager Odis Jones said. “We knew that MA Partners understood the local community and our needs, and we’re excited to see this project get off the ground.”
For their part, MA Partners saw the untapped potential in Hutto.
“At MA Partners, we’re thankful and humbled by this opportunity to develop the Co-Op District. We’ve got a vision of an 18-hour entertainment district, where you can eat breakfast here, then stop by for dinner with your family” Robert Wunsch of MA Partners, said. “This is a great team to work with here in Hutto. You can see the excitement in their eyes when we talk about this project.”
Plans for the Co-Op District include 400,000 square feet of new development with direct access to US Highway 79. Anchored by a nearly 40,000 square foot City Hall and library, the site also includes open piazzas, event space, a retention pond and water features to make visiting a true pleasure.
“The economic impact of this project is hard to overstate,” said Judge Bill Gravell, Jr., Hutto Economic Development Corporation chairman. “Not only with this add jobs, but residents will be able to keep their money in the community. It’s just a win-win.”
The entertainment district is being developed as a public-private partnership between the City of Hutto and the MA Partners, with a $15 million infrastructure investment by the city and $100 million in private investment.
“I’m excited to see what the future holds for the city,” Jones said. “I look forward to what we’re going toward in the future.”
You can read more about the new Co-Op District and the future of Hutto's downtown at the following links: