Buda adopts curbside pickup program for historic downtown area

Buda City Council adopted a temporary curbside pickup program Dec. 1. (Screenshot courtesy city of Buda)
Buda City Council adopted a temporary curbside pickup program Dec. 1. (Screenshot courtesy city of Buda)

Buda City Council adopted a temporary curbside pickup program Dec. 1. (Screenshot courtesy city of Buda)

A temporary curbside program designed to help small businesses in Historic Downtown Buda was approved during a Dec. 1 City Council meeting.

Maggie Gillespie, manager of the Buda Main Street Program, said during the meeting that the program serves as a way to help businesses connect with customers during the holidays and into the spring and that it has been created as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a ratio of 1:2, public parking spaces in the downtown Buda area will be designated as curbside spaces with identifying signage, Gillespie said.



Information from the program states that the signs will go up this month at six key areas downtown and will have assigned numbers so customers can text or phone in their identifiable location.


“We want to use something very similar to what customers are used to when they visit their local grocery store,” she said. “So, it’s something very simple and identifiable whenever customers pull up.”

The program became effective following council’s Dec. 1 approval and will run through May 2021, according to city information.

Gillespie said the program is open to retail and food establishments, and designated spaces will only be allocated to public right of way, not private lots.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.