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The newly renovated Plaza Tower in downtown Tyler is one of the finalists in Texas Downtown Associations Presidential Awards. Other finalists in the Upper East Side of Texas include Silver Grizzly Espresso, Longview; Denison Main Street 30th Anniversary Campaign; Made Fresh & Local, Garland; Front Street Station Groundbreaking, Mesquite; Denison Forward; HachieHeart Windows, Waxahachie; and Liberty Hall: Concerts from the Couch, Tyler.

Congratulations to the Upper East Side of Texas towns and others across the state that made the list of finalists for the 2020 Texas Downtown President's Awards. Winners are announced during their first ever Awards Week Celebration October 26-30. 

Judges include: AJ Fawver, Verdunity; P.A. Geddie, County Line Magazine; Bill Hidell, Hidell and Associates Architects; Lynda Humble, Consultant; Julie Kunkle, Open Sky Media, Inc.; David Newman, MESA Design Group; Marie Oehlerking Read, Komatsu Architecture; Lynn Osgood, Civic Arts; and Chance Sparks, Freese & Nichols, Inc. and APA-Texas Chapter. 

DESIGN CATEGORIES
Best Commercial Interior
Finalists – Under 50,000 population
Bastrop – Copper Shot Distillery
Boerne – 153 S. Main
Ennis – Rooftop 101
Finalists – Over 50,000 population
Midland – Second Story Coworking
San Antonio – Maverick Whiskey
Wichita Falls – Wichita Falls Brewing Company
 
Best Renovation/Rehabilitation/Restoration
Finalists – Under 50,000 population
Buda – Buda Mercantile Co.
Celina – City of Celina Council Chambers
Goliad – The Best Little Gun Shop in Texas
Plainview – Conrad Lofts
Seguin – Seguin Development Services Center
Finalists – Over 50,000 population
Garland – Shirlee Mae Building
Harlingen – Baxter Lofts
Longview – Alton Plaza/Petroleum Building
Wichita Falls – Landmark on Lamar
 
Best New Construction
Finalists – Under 50,000 population
Celina – Huddleston Building
Mineola – Tommy Warren’s Building
Finalists – Over 50,000 population
Odessa – Odessa Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
Temple – Temple Business Center Building
 
Best Public Improvement
Finalists – Under 50,000 population
Buda – Main Street/RM 967
Ennis – Dallas Street
Uvalde – Park Yourself in Uvalde
Waxahachie – Railyard Park
Finalists – Over 50,000 population
Temple* – Santa Fe Plaza & Santa Fe Market Trail
*Sole finalist winner
 
ACHIEVEMENT CATEGORIES
Best Downtown Business
Finalists – Under 50,000 population
Bastrop – Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard
Buda – A Snowball’s Chance
Plainview – The Broadway Brew
Finalists – Over 50,000 population
Longview – Silver Grizzly Espresso
Temple – The Hub
Temple – H5B3
 
Best Downtown Partner
Finalists – Under 50,000 population
Levelland – Wallace Theater
Navasota – Navasota Examiner
Uvalde – Uvalde Radio
Finalists – Over 50,000 population
Longview – Verabank
Temple – Academie Musique of Central Texas
Tyler – Fitzpatrick Architects
 
Best Economic Game Changer*
*No entries were submitted in the under 50,000 population group
Finalists – Over 50,000 population
Amarillo – Hodgetown Minor League AA Baseball Stadium
Tyler – Plaza Tower
 
Best Promotion – Digital Campaign
Finalists – Under 50,000 population
Bastrop – Downtown Bastrop Curbside
Denison – Denison Main Street 30th Anniversary
Navasota – Shop Local Navasota
Finalists – Over 50,000 population
Garland – Made Fresh & Local
Temple – Virtual First Friday
 
Best Promotion – Traditional Event
Finalists – Under 50,000 population
Buda – Cocoa Jingle & Downtown Lighting Ceremony
Goliad – Christmas in Goliad
Uvalde – 4 Square Friday
Finalists – Over 50,000 population
Mesquite – Front Street Station Groundbreaking
Odessa – Night of Light
 
Resiliency Award
Finalists – Under 50,000 population
Denison – Denison Forward
San Saba – San Saba Grocery
Waxahachie - #HachieHeart Windows
Finalists – Over 50,000 population
Midland – The Micro Market
Tyler – Liberty Live: Concerts from the Couch

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