Creek Development Project
Howard Creek flowing through Old Town Palestine adds that special touch, that ambiance of character. Through the years the creek had been neglected with trash and debris littering the creek, overgrown trees and deteriorating retaining walls. The private property owners, the City of Palestine, various civic groups and numerous individuals have supported the development of this historical commercial Old Town area with the creek as the centerpiece. By accepting a maintenance easement for the Old Town section of the creek, the City of Palestine enabled additional labor support from the Texas Department of Corrections.
Under the premise that the combination of water, history and entertainment contribute to successful commercial and civic projects, a plan has emerged to develop the creek into a landscaped, lighted Creek Walk safe for families and children.
In 2001 the Palestine Economic Development Corporation awarded Phase I of the Old Town Palestine Revitalization project a $14,000 grant, with a matching requirement of $6,000, to clean out the creek, repair existing retaining walls, construct new retaining walls and dams for flood and erosion control, and add landscaping and safety features.
Phase I has been completed. All those involved with the Old Town project sincerely appreciate the support and assistance of the Texas Department of Corrections, without whose help this project would still be in its early stages.
Phase II of the Old Town Palestine Revitalization project was awarded a $24,000 grant, with a matching requirement of $6,000, for lighting, signage, walking trails, bridges, benches, a tourism station and additional retaining walls, landscaping, and safety features.
Old Town Palestine makes a significant contribution to Tourism and economic development in the City by reclaiming unused and underused, neglected, sometimes dilapidated properties for use as valuable, productive shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities. One of the great advantages of Old Town Palestine is that there is significant room for growth. Adjacent properties that were in the original Old Town area are available for acquisition and development. For further information on available properties, contact Steve Sussdorf at 903-723-6086. For any groups, individuals, organizations or others interested in contributing time, labor, material or other resources to the Old Town Palestine project, contact Andy McCuistion at 903-729-4178 X21.
Considering the increased local and out-of-town traffic in Old Town and based on comments we’ve heard from lots of people, I’d say that folks are down right proud of Old Town. When you get out of your car and “kick the curb” in Old Town, it just feels good!
Old Town Palestine