Recent Developments in Downtown Beaumont
The City of Beaumont continues to be an outstanding public sector advocate and investor in the revitalization of downtown Beaumont.
- Newly rebuilt brick sidewalks throughout all of downtown.
- $23 million aesthetic improvements to Calder Avenue, one of the leading entryways into downtown Beaumont.
- $10 million for the Event Centre, which is located at 700 Crockett St. The Event Centre includes a lake with beautiful fountain to the east, and a great lawn with walking trail to the west.
- $2.5 million expansion of the Tyrrell Historical Library
- Beautiful Mountain Skate Park near the Event Centre.
The Rotary Club Centennial Playground at 600 Crockett Street adds yet another addition to the new Event Centre complex. This playground is accesible to all children, and is a wonderful way to attract younger folks to downtown Beaumont.
Private Investment in downtown is exceptional. Cathedral Square on Trinity Street is one of downtown’s most important developments. Several restaurants are located within the same block of 26 newly constructed lofts. One of the buildings used for these lofts was a historic building. See “Living in Downtown” for more information about this area.
Edison Plaza is another succesful example of revitalization. This building now owned by Albanese Cormier Holdings has seen a re-birth. The spacious lobby now hosts a restaurant, bank branch, as well as a coffee lounge. We are excited for the buildings renewed success as a premier downtown office space.
The Port of Beaumont is also a leading partner in downtown development. Recently, three railroad lines were relocated from riverfront park. The relocation will allow for riverfront (Neches River) expansion as well as more cargo space for the Port of Beaumont, one of the nation’s leading military ports. The price tag was $16 million.
Beaumont Main Street will remain committed to a methodical downtown revitalization effort. Emphasis will be placed on the following:
1. Attract developers to invest in downtown living, especially in historic properties. Targeted buildings for development include the Goodhue Building, Edson Hotel, Nathan Building, and Gilbert Building.
2. A partnership with the City for the development of a downtown hotel, specifically the Hotel Beaumont or new construction.
3. Planning and implementing quality promotions that not only encourage a positive image of downtown, but promotions that mature as the downtown business, professional, entertainment, residential and artistic communities grow.
4. The ability to purchase endangered historic properties, complete emergency repairs and secure an appropriate buyer for development.
5. Recruitment of downtown business to increase occupancy rates and increase the need for building renovation and upkeep.
6. Provide architectural, marketing and business assistance to property and business owners within our target area.
Dining Options in Beaumont
(inside the Edison Plaza)
Monday – Friday | 7:00am to 3:00pm
Retail & Services
Property for Sale or Lease in Downtown
Visit www.downtownTX.org for detailed information on downtown properties and spaces available.
Cultural Facilities in Downtown Beaumont
Here we showcase public, civic, and religious buildings, as well as parks in downtown Beaumont.
You will find a multitude of places where you can kick back and watch a show, sit and read a book, learn something new in a museum, or worship.
We hope you enjoy your visit to downtown Beaumont!
Downtown Beaumont is home to three performing arts facilities: The Julie Rogers Theatre for the Performing Arts, the Jefferson Theatre, and the Beaumont Civic Center. All three are owned and operated by the City of Beaumont.
In addition to these facilities, the city also owns The Event Centre, which is a beautiful multi-use space overlooking downtown.
All of these spaces are also available for rent for your special event!
Visit www.DiscoverBeaumont.com for more information.
Beaumont is often referred to as the museum capitol of Texas! With 19 museums, its easy to see why! The following are museums within downtown. Click on each link for more information.
Houses of Worship
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church: 675 College St.
Riverside Church: 530 North Main St.
Temple Emanuel: 1120 Broadway St.
Former Houses of Worship
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church: 527 Forsythe St.
First Baptist Church: 900 Calder Ave.
All Fun & Play
C.A. “Pete” Shelton Plaza – at the Fire Museum of Texas
Home of the world’s largest working fire hydrant!
550 Mulberry Street
Beaumont Rotary Centennial Playground
600 Crockett Street
Beautiful Mountain Skate Park
999 Laurel Avenue
Great Lawn, the Lake, and Running Track
At the Event Centre
700 Crockett Street
Behind City Hall
805 Main Street
This 2,400 acre complex immediately southeast of downtown Beaumont employs over 2,000 and pays over fifty million dollars in local taxes each year. This flagship refinery of ExxonMobil produces over 2.8 billion gallons of fuel annually. Future expansions are planned.
The Port of Beaumont
The Port of Beaumont is the fourth busiest port in the United States, and is the nation’s busiest military port. Located at the foot of Main Street, the port’s annual impact on Beaumont is over twenty million dollars. A future deepening of the Neches River will allow for a major expansion of the Sabine-Neches Waterway, opening the door for exponential growth and thousands of new jobs in Beaumont.
How Can We Help Owners & Developers
The Coale Building utilized historic tax credits and now is a restaurant.
Revolving Loan Fund
Our most popular form of assistance comes from our Revolving Loan Fund. This fund is used to give small loans to downtown business to update or restore parts of their respective buildings. Learn more with the links below.
State and Local Incentive Program Information
Preservation Tax Incentives
All buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places are eligible for federal and state tax credits, however downtown Beaumont has the designation of a National Register District. Most buildings (not all) within the district are de facto members of the register, and are therefore eligible for tax credits.
Federal and State Tax credit information from our parent organization, the Texas Historical Commission.
To receive tax abatements, the building and restoration measures must meet certain criteria. The following link describes the criteria that may allow for tax abatements.