A plan for a park: Architecture students work with downtown businesses

HARLINGEN – Lozano Park sits across from the Baxter Building, a swath of green grass on an empty lot with a lonesome stage at one end.

But 10 architectural students from Texas Southmost College showed yesterday the forlorn little park doesn’t have to stay that way.

The student projects to renovate the park were laid out for the Downtown Improvement District’s board of directors at City Hall.

All the design plans attempted to incorporate or pay homage to the nine-story Baxter Building, which looms above the site to the west across South A Street. Lozano Park is bordered on the north by West Jackson Avenue.

TSC students have been designing assorted projects for downtown Harlingen since 2009, said Dr. Murad Abusalim, instructor and head of the architecture and design program.

Although none of the design projects have been implemented in Harlingen, Abusalim said Brownsville is going to use one of his students’ design projects there.

The program at TSC does not bestow a degree in the field, but it has had great success in sending graduates on to the University of Texas San Antonio and to Texas Tech University to continue their design and architectural studies.

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