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Posted on: April 8, 2019

HEDC Acquires “Old Levels Building” Through Partnership with the Thompson Charitable Foundation

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HEDC to maintain Downtown Hamilton’s history while revitalizing space into a thriving community district

HAMILTON, TX (April 3, 2019) - The Hamilton Economic Development Corporation today announced its partnership with the Thompson Charitable Foundation to acquire the property known as the “Old Levels Building” along with the downtown parking lot for a Downtown Plaza Development project.

As a part of this partnership, the Thompson Charitable Foundation donated $150,000 to be used toward the Downtown Plaza Development, which will ensure the preservation of downtown Hamilton’s function and unique character by creating a community space for residents of all ages to enjoy.

“Our vision is to create a multi-use building development with public restrooms as well as an outdoor space that could be used for community events like festivals, holidays, farmers markets, outdoor movies, concerts and more, all in an area that is complimentary of Hamilton’s heritage and history. We’re so appreciative to both the Thompson Foundation and the City Council for their support and look forward to what’s ahead for Hamilton.” said Sarah Bauman, Executive Director of Economic Development Corporation. “The HEDC could not be more excited about this partnership project because we believe that every city, no matter the size, should have a beautiful downtown space where community members and visitors can gather and enjoy themselves.”

While final plans or funding for the space have not been determined, two Hamilton natives were recruited to help design a vision for the property.

Shelby Dittrich (Hamilton High School, 2011) is currently completing her Master of Science in Architecture from Texas A&M University. Her sister, Tayler Dittrich Dollahite (Hamilton High School, 2014) graduated from Texas A&M University last year and currently works full time as an intern at BRW Architects in College Station, Texas. Under the supervision of BRW Architects, the sisters created design renderings for the project, which demonstrated that the site is large enough to accommodate a public green space, mixed-use development building, public restrooms and parking for downtown. 

Hamilton residents will have an opportunity to share ideas and requests for the Downtown space with the HEDC.

“Over the next few months the HEDC will reach out to the community to learn what features are most desired for the downtown plaza and mixed-use building development,” said Board President Doug Baker. “We have included an interactive water feature, shaded and fixed seating, public restrooms, a small stage area, colorful plants, open green space, and a mixed-use building development in the plan.  We are grateful to the Thompson Charitable Foundation for their generous donation, and we are excited for the opportunities that they provided for our wonderful community.”

For updates on the Downtown Plaza Development Project, visit the Economic & Community Development page at www.hamiltontexas.com

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