Town of McAllen put aside $450,000 in December for a feasibility examine on Boeye Reservoir.
Mayor Javier Villalobos and the Metropolis Fee need to drain the reservoir, which is situated on prime industrial property, and make the land accessible for growth. The feasibility examine might present the Metropolis Fee with extra details about potential growth choices.
“We’d like to verify we’re doing it the fitting manner,” Villalobos mentioned.
Situated south of Interstate 2 between twenty third Road and Bicentennial Boulevard, the reservoir is among the many largest items of undeveloped land in McAllen with freeway entry.
The Metropolis Fee mentioned a number of plans for Boeye Reservoir in the course of the previous decade. All of them died on the drafting board.
Latest proposals included a take care of Amazon, which deliberate to construct a achievement middle within the Rio Grande Valley, and a industrial growth anchored by a “Crystal Lagoon.”
The Metropolis Fee mentioned choices for Boeye Reservoir in government session, which isn’t open to the general public, as a result of they concerned financial growth.
Paperwork launched beneath the Texas Public Data Act, nevertheless, present members of the Metropolis Fee traveled to Florida in February 2019 to go to Epperson, a group that includes a man-made lagoon. The paperwork had been marked “Mission Blue Tour Website.”
After the newest spherical of discussions, the Metropolis Fee seems prepared to maneuver ahead with plans for a mixed-use growth that will incorporate some type of water characteristic.
“We’re exploring totally different choices, however for positive we’re going to select one thing that’s going to be engaging,” mentioned Metropolis Commissioner Jose R. “Pepe” Cabeza de Vaca.
Metropolis Commissioner Tony Aguirre mentioned the mixed-use growth may embrace eating places, retailers, a boardwalk, industrial house and various kinds of residential buildings.
“Every part from motels to lofts to some precise city houses,” Aguirre mentioned.
Town might associate with a personal developer and maintain a part of the property for public facilities.
McAllen used an identical playbook close to the intersection of Interstate 2 and Ware Street.
The event, which is known as Palms Crossing, options eating places and retailers alongside the Interstate 2 frontage street.
McAllen included a city-owned conference middle and performing arts middle into the event. It additionally put aside land for a number of motels.
The feasibility examine is a primary step that will present the Metropolis Fee with extra details about the reservoir property itself, which must endure an environmental evaluation; the price of filling the reservoir and putting in utilities; and growth choices.
“It’s a examine, however it’s a bit of greater than a examine,” Aguirre mentioned. “As a result of we’ve bought to have a look at what it’s going to value us, additionally, to empty it.”
Town price range for the 2022-2023 fiscal yr, which began on Oct. 1, included $1.8 million for “proposed fill of web site for future growth and web site infrastructure.” The entire challenge value is listed as $26.4 million.
Whereas the feasibility examine could seem costly, Villalobos mentioned, it’s a small value to pay earlier than committing a a lot bigger sum of money.
“We all know now we have to take a position to get the returns,” Villalobos mentioned.