Downtown Taylor offers an urban feel in a small town setting just 30 minutes east of Austin in one of the fastest growing counties in Texas. With a reputation for world-class barbecue and cotton production, Taylor has recently become known as a small-business friendly community attracting diverse and creative entrepreneurs. An updated downtown master plan has helped generate momentum for transformative projects like Heritage Square Park, city hall redevelopment and a downtown skate park.
Historically named Taylor Station, the City originated in the late 1880s in a traditional street grid pattern around the intersection of two rail lines (the Missouri Pacific and the Missouri, Kansas and Texas railway) and state highways (US Highway 79 and State Highway 95). This advantageous location attracted settlers from around the globe including Czechoslovakia, Germany, Austria and England. By the 1900s, Taylor had established itself as a significant center of cattle, grain and cotton production. The scale of the architecture reflects this success and has been relatively well preserved over time. Downtown was designated a National Register Historic district in 2005.
As a Texas Main Street city, Taylor has committed to preservation-based economic development and provides support for small businesses through such tools as a rental assistance program and design assistance. Main Street also produces a number of very popular community events bringing people together to socialize and experience the energy downtown. Availability is updated here and for additional information on downtown investment opportunities contact Deby Lannen at 512-352-3463.