The Town Square Initiative

The Town Square Initiative (TSI) is a new approach by the Texas Historical Commission to holistically address the challenge of vacant and underutilized historic buildings. The TSI team provides services to spur preservation-based projects so that local, small-scale and high-quality development becomes more achievable in Texas downtowns. TSI’s work is guided by a place-driven and market-informed philosophy meaning that we focus on supporting viable redevelopment projects in communities that are strongly motivated by enhancing the quality of place in their downtowns. 

TSI operates as an affiliate of the Texas Main Street Program, a preservation-based downtown revitalization effort with a 35-year history of success. An interdisciplinary team with expertise in architecture, planning and economic development provides specialized project assistance with a focus on:

  • Conceptual design and financial feasibility studies for vacant buildings that are place-driven and
  • Coordinated downtown planning strategies to address development barriers in order to make it easier for local property owners and entrepreneurs to invest in their downtowns.
  • Increasing and influencing the market exposure of available properties in downtowns across Texas including attracting investors who value historic architecture and the special qualities of each community.
  • Providing information, education, and resources on best practices that have a positive impact on local policy and decision-making.

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