Harlingen breaks ground on convention center

HARLINGEN — After 10 years of planning, the city is ready to launch construction of the $16.7 million convention center.

It will take a year to complete.

Nearby, developers are ready to build a strip mall and restaurant.

That will be ready by next year.

Friday morning, city leaders and their partners came together to celebrate the city’s future growth.

As part of an agreement, the city will fund construction of the 44,436-square-foot convention center while San Antonio-based BC Lynd Hospitality builds an attached 150-room Hilton Garden Inn on eight acres at the corner of Brazil Road and Teege Avenue.

“This facility will bring us to the new level,” Mayor Chris Boswell said before he and city leaders grabbed shovels to scoop dirt during the groundbreaking ceremony.

The convention center is sparking development in the fast-growing Harlingen Heights business district, Ezequiel Reyna, a Weslaco developer, said in an interview.

Reyna, who sold the city the eight-acre construction site for … More–>