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City of Melissa Texas 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update Page 8.1 Chapter 8 City Center Concept Plan Introduction Numerous cities across Texas both large and small are trying to find ways in which to reinvigorate their downtown areas. At the same time new areas for uses that once located in downtown areas uses such as public retail and residential are being encouraged to develop in other areas. There is therefore a need to balance both of these objectives. The purpose of this chapter of the Comprehensive Plan is to put forth concepts that will help Melissa create this balance in relation to similar local objectives. There is a strong desire on the part of citizens and City leaders alike to preserve Melissas local history which is represented by the Old Town area. This preservation however is a challenge given that the Old Town area has limited structure footprint and future direction.. Because of this there was an aspiration to create a new Town Center area where citizens can visit their Town Hall gather for events shop eat work etc. The Town Center area is still under development but the City Hall is currently complete with approximately 40000 square feet of facilities. Additionally public and private efforts have already begun to shape this area with homes constructed around the central retailpublic area. Another facet to consider in this balancing act is the desire for a rail transit stop along the Citys existing rail line which may have the ability to bolster both the Old Town and Town Center areas. The urban fabric is made up of lots of tiny things including loft apartments in converted old warehouses mixed-use retail and residential artist studios galleries niche marketing restored buildings small boutiques wide sidewalks outdoor dining eateries pubs livework spaces mom-and-pop businesses churches libraries court houses landmarks lighting public gathering places where people can connect street furniture flowers interesting window displays street- front street-level store entrances microbreweries storefront facade improvements farmers markets theaters public transportation. Dont small things like these bring diversity density vitality exuberance vibrancy connectedness liveliness and disorganized complexity to a downtown and thus reinforce the urban fabric Urban Land Institute Website The Villages of Melissa and Town Center Site The City Center consists of three distinct areas the Town Center Old Town and the Transit-Oriented Development TOD area.