The old school building will be Waxahachie’s new event center

Waxahachie City Council on Monday approved an application to rezone 0.9 acres at 716 Dunaway Street from Single Family District 3 to Planned Development-SF-3 to build The Heights event center.

With the approval of the old 4,576 square foot building, which was originally the South Ward / Bullard Heights School House. Built in 1911, the building was also an administrative building and a center for the elderly, among others.

Plans for the Heights Event Center renovation and construction of a 5,500 square foot yard.

According to city documents, the existing structure consists of four rooms. As part of the renovation, a large ballroom would be created. The remaining rooms would serve as a kitchen, two meeting rooms and a toilet.

The venue should be used for weddings, receptions, meetings, corporate events, etc. The planned capacity is 225 people.

Steps have been taken to address potential noise issues.

Although the hours of operation had not been finalized, the plaintiff had agreed not to operate after 10 p.m. on weeknights and after midnight on weekend evenings.

Plans call for the installation of sidewalks along Dunaway and part of W. C Avenue to provide connections to a private sidewalk on the property. Sidewalks should help with connectivity, as there is an agreement with the adjacent Full Life Assembly of God church to have the church parking lot used for additional parking.

Extended CEO contract

Council unanimously voted to extend City Manager Michael Scott’s contract for one year.

Scott has been Waxahachie City Manager since October 2017. Prior to that, he was Deputy City Manager, Planning Manager and Downtown Manager. He has been in the city since 2002.

Garment recycling

Council approved a Specific Use Permit (SUP) to allow a second clothing recycling bin outside of Bethlehem Revisited, 204 E. Parks Ave.

The trash cans belong to the World Wear Project, which takes recycled clothing and makes denim for clothes and shoes.

Proceeds the church receives from the trash cans go to the mission budget of property owner Central Presbyterian, which funds the Little Food Pantry, four small libraries across town, and to support Marvin Elementary School.

Patty Dickerson, of Central Presbyterian Church, said people often drop non-clothing material at the site, and she said the trash cans will likely be removed if this continues.

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