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Beginning in 1900, local merchants started forming what is now the Downtown Carrollton Square. By 1913 when Carrollton incorporated, the Square was the center of a thriving community with rail access in every direction. The first gazebo was built in 1921. The gazebo soon became a place for concerts, speeches, and Saturday dances - providing entertainment and a community focal point for people in Carrollton. The Square remains an active retail and dining area. Click here for more information on what's going on Downtown Carrollton.

In addition to the local merchants and restauranteurs, the City of Carrollton is taking an active roll in revitalizing Downtown Carrollton.  Over the past seven years, the City has been steadily making improvements to Downtown Carrollton including:  reconstruction of South Main Street and Pioneer Park in 2010; additional parking lots and parking garage; the City's first Public Private Partnership called the Union at Carrollton Square - a mixed-use development featuring 179 apartments and the Twisted Root Burger Companywhich opened in 2012; and our latest project - the rehabilitation of the Square.  The Downtown Carrollton Square project will give the Square back to the public be rearranging the parking to the Square's outside edges.  By moving the parking, aesthetic and practical improvements can be made, including: multiple tables and chairs, WiFi, lighting, a lawn area, and shaded harvest tables. 

Statement on City Council Action of January 21, 2014:

"In 2013, Carrollton's Centennial year, the City Council decided to keep a promise made by the City's founding fathers and realize the full potential of the Historic Downtown Square. In October 2013, Council hired Kevin Sloan Studio, the designers of the highly acclaimed Vitruvian Park in Addison. Kevin Sloan Studio began design on a comprehensive plan to create a true Downtown Square park, in the Texas tradition, where landscape architecture, urban design, and the environment meet culture. When bids were opened on January 10, 2014, the bids for the construction of the revitalized Downtown Square park were significantly higher than the consultant's estimate. In keeping with the Council's goal of fiscal responsibility, Council rejected the bids and directed staff to evaluate the plans to include extraordinary information to allow the next round of bidders to fully understand the context of the construction project. Furthermore, City staff will be rescheduling the bids to complete the project as soon as possible, taking the appropriate planting seasons into consideration."

Square Rehab

Access to Downtown Carrollton will be improved by the 35Express Project.  Over the next three years, TxDOT will be reconstructing the IH-35E / Belt Line Road interchange (See picture below).  The new interchange will eliminate most of the freight rail street corssings.  For more on the project - see the project website. You can also visit the Project's Information Office (Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm) at 2420 South Stemmons, Suite A, Lewisville.   

Belt Line looking North

Click here for more information on Downtown's annual festival:  Festival at the Switchyard.

 

Last updated: 1/22/2014 9:41:49 AM