Hutto officials hope renovations to the city’s iconic gin buildings will preserve a slice of Hutto’s history and kick start a downtown development renaissance.

“This is a piece of Hutto’s history,” Mayor Debbie Holland said at the groundbreaking ceremony held Dec. 30 beneath an awning of the decrepit south gin building.

Both cotton gin buildings and the surrounding co-op site have sat idle for about 10 years. The city bought the land in 2003 with plans to develop the site.

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