An industrious future?

HARLINGEN — The city has paved the way for a future industrial park on its northwestern edge.

City commissioners approved Wednesday an ordinance rezoning land from residential, single-family use to light-industrial use as part of a move to create the industrial park off Roosevelt Road near Interstate 69.

In December, the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation postponed the $220,000 purchase of 34 acres to rezone 15.9 acres of the tract.

The EDC has paid $255,000 for 20 acres of farmland adjacent to the 34 acres.

With access to utilities, the site could be used to attract business prospects, EDC Chief Executive Officer Raudel Garza said, or it could be developed into an industrial park.

Garza said the site offers “options” with which to attract prospective businesses.

Located off I-69, the site offers access to 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 available at the Harlingen Industrial Park on the city’s east side.