2015-09-09 / News

New housing project gets closer to construction on FM 3168

BY TONY VINDELL
Reporter

A project to build 80 single family houses is getting one step closer and construction could start in November.

The project calls for building two and three bedroom units on an 8-acre property the Brownsville Economic Development Corp. bought on FM 3168 across from the Raymondville high school.

Nick Mitchell-Bennett, executive director with BCDC, said Tuesday they are scheduled to close the deal in late October.

“After that,” he said, “construction should start in two weeks.”

Mitchell-Bennett said the project has taken longer than expected because it’s backed by the U.S. Housing & Urban Development agency.

Construction was orginally scheduled to start in April of this year.

In October of last year, he said 98 percent of the pre construction work was completed.

The $12-million project is called Casitas Los Olmos. Casitas stand for little houses and Los Olmos for liveoak trees.

Mitchell- Bennett said back they submitted an application to Texas Department of Community Affairs for a 90-percent tax credit package back in March 2014 and it was approved in July 2015.

The property BHDC bought is in a low-lying area so they have to follow some environmental regulations.

The development calls for having a community clubhouse, a playground, walking paths and a trail and a pavilion with barbecue grills and picnic tables.

Andy Chavez, the city’s building inspector, said Casitas Los Olmos has submitted all the paperwork for the construction project.

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