Waco City Council approves funding for Hippodrome

POSTED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 6:19pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 6:21pm

Waco City Council has approved $1.4 million in taxpayers’ money to help fund certain downtown projects.

The vote was passed Tuesday night by a 6-0 unanimous vote.

One of the projects the money will go towards is the restoration of the old Hippodrome Theatre on Austin Avenue in downtown Waco.

A joint project with private and public help has been in the works for the past few months.

Back in December, city meetings were held to discuss the possibility of helping revitalize the almost century-old building.

Waco city officials say there is a reason the vote was so in favor for it.

"I can remember times when it was very seldom used. And to think of it being used again as an integral part of entertainment and quality of life in the center of Waco, we look forward to it," said George Johnson Jr., Waco's Assistant City Manager who was live at the vote.

More than $400,000 was awarded solely to the project which aims to make the historic landmark a more-modern entertainment venue for local residents.

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