Downtown Bowie is on the verge of greatness, that is according to the Main Street Program.
The members focus on the revitalization and historical preservation of downtown.
Within the next few months, an older structure in downtown will become a coffee and sandwich shop as well as an arcade.
They utilize city funds to give out grants to business owners for historical preservation, like sign grants, mega construction grants and facade grants.
The program is in partnership with the Texas Historical Commission, who provides architects and free help with historical preservation of downtown buildings.
The goal of downtown renovations is not only historical preservation, but also to improve the town’s economic situation.
“Our economic restructuring committee their primary purpose has been business recruitment and retention,” Shannon Skiles, Main Street Program manager, said.
The Matthew Heard building, which will become the sandwich shop, was originally built in 1890 and mostly functioned as an appliance store.
Then, not long after that, building’s reconstruction revitalization will begin on three more buildings downtown.
Since its founding in 1997, the Main Street Program in Bowie has also brought in festivals, events and sidewalk re-pavement projects.