The City of Hutto remains firmly committed to seeing The Co-Op District brought fully to life. The 35-acre mixed-use, walkable Co-Op development on Highway 79 is already home to Hutto City Hall and the Hutto Public Library, as well as Southside Market & Barbecue. When completed, this lifestyle hub can still become the dynamic entertainment, retail, business, and residential destination the Hutto community is looking for.
The project stalled during the COVID-19 pandemic. The developer has not updated the City on the status of potential new businesses at the Co-Op. And while the developer has made progress on some public features, the progress is too slow in coming from the perspective of Hutto leaders.
The City is in the process of working with the courts to clarify options for moving forward with the project. Even if the court decides that the Co-Op should not proceed with the current developer and the City looks for a new partner, the City would still own all of the public improvements at the site. The developers would have to repay the bonds, not local taxpayers.
A modern development with historic roots, the Co-Op will certainly be a major part of discussions as a new Hutto Comprehensive Plan is developed, starting later this summer. This in-depth study will consider the future of the entire Hutto community, including a focused look at the Old Town District—which includes The Co-Op. Once the series of community input forums has been scheduled, that schedule will be widely publicized in hopes of strong public involvement in helping craft the City’s new Comprehensive Plan.