Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Upscale downtown urbanity
Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
Cathedral Square promotes its proximity to downtown and nightlife in Beaumont on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007. New structures as well as several historic buildings are being converted to residential properties in downtown Beaumont.
Chad Whitehead poses for a portrait in his Cathedral Square loft in Beaumont. Whitehead purchased his loft. Downtown's resident population is expected to double within the next two years.
The former Antioch Baptist Church is undergoing renovation in Beaumont. It had been targeted for demolition by the city.
The former Neches Electric building is undergoing renovation near the museum district in downtown Beaumont. It too was targeted for demolition before Rehab Builders Inc. started restoration. The city has recently added wide, brick-paved sidewalks and nostalgic lampposts.
The White building in Cathedral Square reflects off a car. Each loft property value has increased $5,000 since sales began in March.
New businesses such as New York Pizza & Pasta are building near new developments to cater to downtown residents. A business complex will complete the square.
The city plans further downtown revitalization including a new event center adjacent to a proposed lake park and a waterway connecting the park to the Crockett Street Entertainment District.
Please read "New townhome, loft owners tell why..." by Colin Guy.