The New Braunfels Utilities main office has been located at the corner of the main plaza in downtown New Braunfels since 1942; it invested in downtown in 1985 during revitalization efforts.

“Through the decades, NBU, as the main plaza’s northeast anchor, has served as a trusted community steward,” New Braunfels Utilities CEO Ian Taylor said in a press release. “NBU has had the privilege to watch the main plaza and entire downtown district grow and flourish.”

As a result of growth within the department, the facility will consolidate its personnel and assets at a new location off of Loop 337 adjacent to the NBU Trinity Well Field and Treatment Plant.

The 48.575 acre property that will house the new facility was purchased from New Braunfels Independent School District in November 2019 and was selected for its central location.

NBU plans to sell its Main Plaza location after the move is finalized. The department also owns a service center at 355 FM 306, New Braunfels, which was constructed in 2004, and it has not yet decided what will be done with that facility.

“In February 2020, we plan to seek City Council approval to create an overlay district and establish standards, which would assure that the site’s future owner maintains the historical integrity that NBU has worked decades to preserve and develop,” said Taylor in a press release.

NBU will host a public workshop Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic and Convention Center, during which Taylor will outline plans for NBU’s future facilities.

Members of New Braunfels City Council, the Historic Landmark Commission, the New Braunfels Downtown Board and the Planning Commission will be included in the workshop.