Harlingen company to renovate Raymondville tourist center

RAYMONDVILLE — After more than a year, the search for a contractor is over.

Harlingen-based Pietra Construction will take on the $80,000 project to renovate the L.E. Franks Tourist Center.

City officials have requested construction bids for more than a year for the project.

But none came in within budget.

“Everybody was overbidding,” said Catalina Ozuna, executive director of the Raymondville Economic Development Corporation. “The bids were coming in too high.”

The renovation project will include replacement of the center’s roof and restrooms as well as the building’s paint, Ozuna said.

EDC money will fund the project while the Raymondville Chamber of Commerce will oversee construction.

Last week, city commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding between the city and the Raymondville Chamber to allow the chamber to issue payments.

“This is so the city doesn’t have to manage the money,” Ozuna said.