Construction began on the sanitary sewer line along Interstate 35 in Lorena which is expected to cost around a $2.5 million. The 3-mile sewer line will stretch from the Waco Metropolitan Area Regional Sewerage System treatment plant on Cooksey Lane to I-35, adjacent to city hall.

The sewer line will stimulate retail development and economic growth which is expected to start in the area as early as next year, and housing development is expected to follow by 2020.

By 2036, the initial phase of the TIRZ is expected to attract more than 367 new homes, 85 acres of new retail and restaurant development and 320,000 square feet of office and light industrial development to a 300-acre area.