The Buda Destination Services Department, Buda Area Chamber of Commerce and other city leadership gathered Nov. 5 for the grand opening of the Basil Anthony Moreau Buda Welcome Center in downtown. Located at 303 Main St., Buda, the new center was the city’s former library before the 2014 voter-approved bond issued $21 million for a new city hall and library.

In January, the City Council denied a nearly $1 million renovation of the space to transform it into a welcome center and work space for the Destination Services staff. Despite the denial, the building was still renovated with hotel occupancy tax funds, Mayor Lee Urbanovsky said.

“The building has seen so much activity and growth over the decades, and not just the growth of the town itself but of the patrons that started coming here as children and then, eventually, brought their own children,” Director of Destination Services Lysa Gonzalez said. “Since 2017, this building has been shuttered and has not been a part of the activity or growth in this community.”

The Destination Services Department will work in the new center to help people build community. The welcome center will serve as the gateway to Buda and will be the main source of information and history about the city, local hotspots, events, destinations and more.

“It’s not every day that we are able to cut a ribbon on a facility to serve the entire community,” Urbanovsky said. “Today, we celebrate a new chapter in a facility that will continue to be a place where community groups can gather, where new visitors and new residents can be welcomed to town.”