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Nearly Half a Million Dollars Approved for Capital Projects in Brownsville, Texas by the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation Board of Directors.

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS — The Board of Directors of Brownsville’s “type b” economic development corporation, the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC), approved nearly half a million dollars for capital projects in Brownsville, Texas that will ultimately enhance the city’s quality of life and improve current tourism assets. During the BCIC Board of Directors meeting held on October 16, 2017, the board approved the investment of $449,618 for three capital projects which include continued restoration work for Market Square, Belden Trail’s phase 3, and improvements to the Sabal Palm Sanctuary destination.

The Brownsville Historical Association will address the second floor level of the Market Square building by converting it into a repository space for archive collections, revolving exhibit rooms, meeting and conference center space, updated restrooms, a renovated vault for collection and work stations for researchers all in proximity to the development happening in the heart of downtown. The Brownsville Historical Association believes that the restoration will increase sales tax revenues for the city by attracting visitors to downtown Brownsville, where they will be attracted to new and existing restaurants and stores nearby.

The City of Brownsville municipality will begin the design and construction of the half mile asphalt trail, and accompanying amenities, needed for the completion of the city’s renowned Belden Trail, which provides residents and tourists a designated hike and bike trail through Brownsville’s historic downtown and Mitte Cultural District. Aside from the Belden Trail as an acting attractor for active living and cycling tourists, the final route developed will connect one of Brownsville’s historically significant neighborhoods, Buena Vida, to the rest of the city.

The Gorgas Science Foundation will install a series of over 100 interpretational signs which will provide self-guided bilingual audio tours throughout the international destination, Sabal Palms Sanctuary in Brownsville, Texas. The signs and audio tours will highlight the diversity of the Sanctuary’s plants, animals and historical legacy of the Rio Grande which sits only 400 meters away from the Sanctuary’s preserved plantation house built in 1892.

“The three capital projects presented to the BCIC Board of Directors will truly enhance the quality of life of our residents as we venture in improving our city’s historical assets. Doing so will allow visitors, both national and international, to discover that the largest city in the Rio Grande Valley (Brownsville, Texas) is truly growing in the right direction,” said Executive Director of the BCIC Rebeca Castillo. “As we continue to see improved commerce and visitation to our city, we will continue to see more economic development opportunities for the benefit of Brownsville.”

All capital projects approved during the BCIC Board of Directors meeting held on October 16, 2017 are still under a 60 day public comment period and are subject to a final approval by the city commission.


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For press inquiries please contact:
Josh Mejia
Marketing Coordinator, Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation
(956) 346-3179


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