Calendar of Events for December

Discover the charm of Christmas in downtown Abilene at the 31st Annual City Sidewalks celebration hosted by the Abilene Downtown Association. Merchants, museums and galleries will open their decorated doors for a full week of holiday cheer, fun activities and shopping. Highlights include a parade of lights, lighting of a 62-foot Christmas tree, musical performances and free […]

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Downtown ABI Mural Guide

Ever wonder how many murals are on display around Downtown ABI, and where exactly you can find them? We’ve done the work for you! Thanks to our friends at AbileneScene, each mural in Downtown ABI is listed below. Take the day to learn about and enjoy Downtown ABI’s urban art with a tour through our […]

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Downtown Abilene Launches Interactive Map for $100M Development Pipeline

ABILENE, Texas – The Abilene Chamber of Commerce Downtown Initiative (Downtown ABI) today launched an interactive map to track and promote the $100M+ in real estate development projects taking shape in the center city. The new tool may be found on the Map page of this website. Spearheaded by an anticipated $66M, 206-room, four-star convention […]

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New life for an Old Building – Amendment 21

When we decided to renovate the Old Nichols Battery building into Amendment 21 in early 2017, we didn’t have any  similar industry anchors other than The Mill. At that time, downtown, and more specifically the S.O.D.A District didn’t have any growth projections to go off of, but that didn’t stop us from moving forward with […]

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Thriving Downtown: A Foundation’s Point of View

The Community Foundation of Abilene exists to help donors make a lasting impact on the charitable causes that matter to them.  Many of the endowment funds we manage make grants to local nonprofits, and part of our mission is to provide services to help strengthen those nonprofits. So, why do we care about a thriving […]

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Create Spaces where Life Happens – 201 Mesquite

As a native Abileneian, I have fond memories of Downtown Abilene. Today I am creating new memories such as taking my grandkids to the Paramount Theatre or racing pinewood cars at a Cub Scout meeting at the 201 Event Center. Just a few years ago, I was driving down North 2nd near Mesquite when I noticed […]

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Vagabond Pizza

Let’s take a little time hop… think back to 2011, just eight short years ago. Food trucks were scarce. We didn’t have any wineries or breweries in town. Downtown was, ahem, “lacking amenities.” Nevertheless, various folks disregarded “the way it’s always been done” and started new and exciting enterprises that now feel like the fabric […]

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Live, Work, Play…Building an 18-Hour Downtown

An 18 hour district. A place where people spend more than just eight hours behind a desk or two hours at a performance and then drive home. That’s what the Chamber’s Downtown Initiative is striving to create in our center city. A strong residential component is vital to fulfilling this vision. It’s why we’ve been […]

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New Video Highlights Redevelopment Opportunities

A new video produced for the Downtown Abilene Initiative (Downtown ABI) highlights several properties available for redevelopment and features other successfully completed adaptive reuse projects. Noted urban explorer and documentarian Jonny Goodday recorded drone and hand-held footage, while accompanying Downtown ABI executive director Steve Dieterichs and residential housing developer Jim Sari on a tour in […]

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