The more than 30 year old Holiday Inn hotel off Frontage road across the Sunrise Mall, will exist no longer. The demolition began today.
“It’s just basically tearing down a building, building some more and accommodate the needs of the people in Brownsville,” says Brownsville mayor Tony Martinez.
And by needs the mayor means ‘Las Palmas,’ a new retail/restaurant plaza by McAllen-based developer Rubiano Commercial… ready to take the hotel’s place.
“Chains that we’re all familiar with, Applebee’s, Longhorn, an Olive Garden, and I believe a Palenque Grill as well so we’re really excited about this project,” says the city commissioner in charge Debora Portillo.
But, this development is different than other private projects Brownsville has seen in the past due to the city’s hand in it… a close partnership in order to best accommodate. City commissioner Debora Portillo says the best way the public can also help is to get ready to shop locally.
“what they don’t realize is that large chains look at the local sales tax revenue generation and if we continue to spend our local and if we continue to spend our local monies elsewhere, the companies won’t want to come here because they won’t see the money being spent here,” says Portillo.
Construction is yet to begin… and once it does, it will take six months to a year after to complete.
“So you know once the whole building is down we’ll haul it all away and make sure the site is nice and clean, you know we’re going to leave the trees in place and we’re probably going to relocate some of those,” says Brandon Fairlie with EB Merit Construction.
This is just the beginning, the process of removing the Holiday Inn to make room for that shopping center can take anywhere from four to six weeks.
Other construction projects the city of Brownsville is currently undertaking include the new Brownsville international airport to replace the current one.