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Historical group, trail and sanctuary in line for nearly $500K

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - The Belden Trail, Brownsville Historical Association and Sabal Palm Sanctuary are getting some help from the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation in the form of a $449,618 capital improvement grant.

The BCIC board approved the funding at its Oct. 16 meeting with the aim of enhancing quality of life and improving the city’s tourism assets. Founded in 2002, BCIC is funded by a quarter-cent sales tax.

The city’s Belden Trail project is in line for $175,000 from BCIC for the Phase 3 extension of the hike-and-bike trail to Brownsville’s historic Buena Vida neighborhood.

The BCIC grant includes $180,000 for BHA to convert the second floor of the Market Square building into a repository for archives, revolving exhibit rooms and a conference area, plus updated restrooms, a renovated vault for collections and work stations for researchers.

Also, the grant includes $94,618 for the Gorgas Science Foundation to install more than 100 interpretational signs at Sabal Palm Sanctuary and provide self-guided, bilingual audio tours for visitors.

Source: The Brownsville Herald

Photography: Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald
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