In anticipation of its future growth, the City of Ennis developed a Downtown Master Plan to serve as a road map for future development and economic revitalization. The Master Plan identified the need for an improved pedestrian experience promoting walkability and connectivity to the downtown core; thereby capturing the economic benefit of a growing population.
The initial catalyst project selected for improvements was Dallas Street, the main north/south shopping corridor in downtown. Dominated by vehicles, Dallas Street currently offers very little to the pedestrian experience and subsequently limits the streets modern day appeal and economic vitality. Our proposed design creates a fully accessible curbless street, erasing barriers, and providing flexibility and freedom of pedestrian movement. Design details include a ground plane with an authentic mix of historic clay brick paving, weathered concrete, and cast iron details honoring the downtowns late 19th century heritage. Salvaged from the underlying street, reclaimed brick bands are the unifying fabric woven throughout the streetscape. An allee of Princeton American Elm trees line the street, providing a cathedral like corridor of cool dappled shade in the hot summer months, and allowing warm sunlight through in the cool winter months. In addition, the plant palette includes over 45 species of native or adaptive Texas plantings.
Overall, the new vision creates a modern, active, and dynamic downtown that enhances the pedestrian experience and celebrates the rich history and cultural heritage of downtown Ennis.