Cottage community breaks ground in Raymondville

RAYMONDVILLE — Cozy cottages will open up to front porches and yards along tree-lined walkways.

It’s part of the novel look of Las Casitas Los Olmos, an $11.5 million, 80-unit development currently in the works that will help fill Raymondville’s housing shortage.

Yesterday, state and local officials gathered for the project’s groundbreaking at the development’s site at 380 FM 3168.

“It will help,” Mayor Gilbert Gonzales said later, referring to the city’s housing shortage. “It will keep people in town.”

The Brownsville Community Development Corporation used $8.3 million in federal tax credits and a $2.1 million loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Capital One to build the development aimed at low-income residents.

The city’s first apartment development in more than 10 years will give many Rio GrandeValley residents who work here the choice to move into town, said Catalina Ozuna, executive director of the Raymondville Economic Development Corporation.

“There’s a need,” Ozuna said. “It’s going to make a difference. There are a lot of people who live out of town because they don’t have nice housing here.”

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