Stories to follow in 2019: City of Katy moves forward on Katy Downtown Plaza

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What we reported: Katy City Council awarded a $2.1 million contract to Nash Industries in December to complete the Katy Downtown Plaza between avenues B and C in downtown Katy. Funding for the project comes from a 2000 bond package, insurance money from flood damage to the old City Hall and hotel occupancy taxes, said Kayce Reina, Katy’s director of tourism and marketing. Key features will include new civic and visitors centers, an outdoor museum, green space and public restrooms, Reina said.

The latest: Weather delayed work on the project, but it is now moving forward, Mayor Chuck Brawner said. Demolition at the site is nearly complete with the basic structure left standing at the old City Hall building. So far, the project is on budget and should be completed in time for the Katy Rice Festival in October, Brawner said.

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