Brownsville and DHS Negotiating Hope Park's Future

Brownsville and DHS Negotiating Hope Park's Future

POSTED: Monday, January 19, 2009 - 1:15pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

While preparations for construction of a border wall are underway in some areas of Cameron County, one city is still negotiating with DHS to come up with a different alternative. The original plan was to build a border fence that would go through Hope Park in downtown Brownsville. Although DHS hasn't quashed that plan yet, city officials are optimistic that a future downtown project will stop the wall construction.

“We see no plans in the immediate future of any fencing. The initial conversation, action that was taken by DHS would've put a fence right in Hope Park.”

Brownsville officials are working on a revitalization program to boost tourism to downtown. The future project would add more restaurants, stores and create a river walk, similar to San Antonio.

“We need that development to occur for the future growth of the city and future economic prosperity.”

A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection says there is litigation pending regarding the land in Hope Park, but they are working with the city to reach an agreement that will meet the city's needs and CBP's border security requirements.

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