Project to expand industrial sites being considered

HARLINGEN — A zoning change would help launch a project to expand industrial sites on the city’s northwestern edge.

In a meeting tonight, Planning and Zoning commissioners will consider the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation’s request to rezone land from residential to light industry uses.

Last month, the EDC’s board postponed the $220,000 purchase of 34 acres to rezone 15.9 acres of the land off Roosevelt Road near Interstate 69.

So far, the EDC has paid $255,000 for 20 acres of farmland adjacent to the land proposed for purchase.

Raudel Garza, the EDC’s chief executive officer, said the land, with access to utilities, could be used to attract business prospects or could be developed into an industrial park.

Garza said the tract on the city’s northwestern edge offers “options” with which to attract prospective businesses.

The land offers easy access to I-69 and Valley International Airport, the ports of Harlingen and Brownsville and international bridges.

The land also could be used to develop an industrial park in the area where companies such as FedEx and Prism Plastics have launched operations.

Garza said only 80 acres remain at the Harlingen Industrial Park on the city’s east side.