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MISSION – City of McAllen Commissioners approved to ‘grant a variance with conditions to the requirements related to 6 ½ Mile’ to Sharyland Independent School District during this week’s commissioner’s meeting.

As long as SISD meets right-of-way conditions, McAllen city attorney, Kevin Pagan, said that the city wouldn’t follow through with building a road through the middle of a new high school campus, which conflicted with McAllen’s long-range transportation plan.

The conditions of the agreement involve the district keeping an 80-foot right-of-way around the perimeter of the school property. The City of McAllen has requested the right-of-way so the city can build streets around the property for future transportation needs of the area.

The right-of-way will be located on the north and west side of the school property. The possible road will then intersect with 6 ¼ Mile on the south side of the school property. 6 ¼ Mile Line Road will travel from Shary to Taylor Road, running in front of the new high school.

Jesse Muniz, SISD superintendent of business and finance, said the 80-foot right-of-way will not affect the layout of the school. Only slight adjustments will need to be made, but the main campus will stay as currently designed.

The final design phase can now begin, said Muniz. After the final design is completed, the school district will go out for bids. Muniz said he expects to start bidding out by late September and break ground in October.

Soon after, passersby can expect to see land work and pads being built on the site of the future high school, said Muniz.

He still expects the project to last approximately 20 months and be completed before the summer of 2014.

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