Downtown Ennis, Texas, is known for its Bluebonnet Trails Festival, its annual National Polka Festival, the spectacular Lights of Ennis in December and its quaint Romanesque architecture. Like many cities in Texas, Ennis began as a railroad town and has numerous buildings listed on the National Historic Register. When the City of Ennis developed a Downtown Master Plan for the revitalization of its historic downtown district, they turned to Gresham Smith and MESA landscape architects to implement Phase I. Partnering with MESA and the City throughout the design and construction process, we helped bring the master plan vision to life, vastly improving downtown Ennis’ water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.
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Mother Nature Gets Things Moving
The small township of Ennis is brimming with historical charm. Its downtown district encompasses eight city blocks and includes more than 80 buildings built during the city’s early railroad days. When an EF1 tornado touched down in the Historic District in 2013, damaging many of its homes and businesses, the City of Ennis decided it was time for a redo. The Downtown Master Plan laid out the City’s strategic vision for revitalizing the town’s 100-year-old streets and aging infrastructure, with an overarching goal to re-establish downtown Ennis as a shopping, dining and entertainment destination.