City to vote on plans for affordable housing units in renovation of Baxter Building

HARLINGEN — City officials stand behind a developer’s plans to offer affordable housing units as part of a project to renovate the city’s tallest building.

In a meeting tomorrow, city commissioners are expected to approve a resolution supporting MRE Capital’s plans to apply for affordable housing credits to help fund its $4.5 million project to renovate the BaxterBuilding, or Baxter Lofts, as the development would be known.

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs requires the developer to provide the City Commission’s resolution as part of its application for financing, Daniel Sailler, MRE’s co-founder, said yesterday.

Mayor Chris Boswell said commissioners support the developer’s plans to offer affordable housing.

“If they need it, we’re going to give it to them because we support it,” Boswell said.

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