Per the agreement, DSISD will share ownership interest of 11.7 acres of property—currently, the site of the DSISD administrative offices—for common use by the city, library, county and school district as space for offices or other facilities in the TIRZ Town Center Project.
"This [interlocal agreement] creates a unique opportunity for DSISD to further collaborate with the city, library district and county as we look to maximize community resources, bring a central government location and enhance our downtown area while creating a unifying defining center for the city of Dripping Springs," Superintendent Todd Washburn wrote in a district statement following the vote, which took place after executive session.
The Town Center Project is a plan to "strengthen the economic vitality of the Mercer Street Historic District and downtown Dripping Springs as a destination," according to the city. Key facets of the project include a new city hall facility, new DSISD administrative offices, new community library facilities and a Hays County satellite office. Together, these facilities would form the core of a town square, a "major focal point and gathering space" and the "symbolic heart of the community," as outlined in city documents. Other goals of the Town Center project include improved parking, pedestrian access and traffic flow in downtown.