Buda's historic Main Street has stood for decades, but a key statewide endorsement came only recently.
In 2017, Buda joined the Texas Historical Commission's Main Street Program, which recognizes historic downtowns across the Lone Star State to promote their economic development and revitalization.
"We've come a long way in just those short two years," said Maggie Gillespie, Buda's Main Street Program manager. "We are growing the downtown area and bringing people to downtown but still maintaining those historic roots."
Since then, Buda launched a downtown improvement grant to provide funds for businesses to upgrade storefront exteriors and facades on the Main Street corridor.
"We want to make sure we're preserving these buildings for generations to come," Gillespie said.
The city also opened a new municipal complex in 2018, a 55,000-square-foot facility housing multi-purpose space and the city's administrative offices, Council chambers, economic development corporation, emergency operations center and Buda Public Library. Page was the architect and JE Dunn was the general contractor on the project.
That structure is farther up Main Street on the eastern end of downtown, but is still a walkable distance from downtown's primary stretch, Gillespie said.
The new complex has allowed the city to vacate other buildings on Main Street, opening them up to new uses.
Buda's VFW Post has been using the former city annex building at 100 Houston St. while also leasing it out to veteran-owned businesses, Gillespie said.