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Palmview preparing for first library, new city park

Within the next five years, the city of Palmview could have a new park and its first library.

That’s according to interim City Manager Leo Olivares who spoke of the many developments coming to the city following a Wednesday, Sept. 26 city council meeting.

City of Palmview LogoAmong the developments include an apartment complex that will be built on Silver Spur Lane south of the expressway.

The $20 million project, which will be built by the Round Rock-based construction company Tejas Housing Group, will house 120 apartment units thanks to an award from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Olivares said.

“The property was rezoned from agricultural land to a multi-family residential area,” Olivares said. “There’ll be good housing opportunities for people of different economic statuses as this will bring affordable housing to the area.”

The Silver Spur Apartment complex, which Olivares said will be fully operational by 2020, will have apartments ranging from one bedroom, one bathroom to four bedrooms, two bathrooms.

The city council also approved a nearly $90,000 project for new street light installations along 18 streets throughout the city of Palmview.

The ongoing project will replace lights on the streets of: 22nd Street, Carlos Street, Citrus Loop, Dave Street, El Barquito Drive, Jimmy Garza Drive, Loya Street, Melo Lane, N. Champion Lane, Palo Blanco Street, Ramirez Street, Ruiz Street, W. Silverado Street, Palmview Drive, Tiffany Drive and the intersection of 20th and 19th streets and N. Breyfogle and Hilda Avenue.

The project will be partially funded by the city and the city’s Municipal Development District for $89,611.

“We’re having a bright future in Palmview and are working to address a need in the community,” Olivares said of the project. “We’ve had residents wanting new streetlights and this is our way of addressing that. The project is ongoing and we’re hoping to finish this as soon as possible.”

The City Council also approved budgeting $20,000 to be used as “seed money” for the city’s first library, Olivares said. According to Olivares, residents could see a virtual library, similar to the one the city of Alton uses that is housed inside a Mission ISD campus to be used by its residents, within the current fiscal year.

“It’s exciting, there’s been a lot of interest from the community and it will take some time but we’re taking definitive steps to get it going,” Olivares said. “We’re working with the county library group and other area libraries who are supportive of this initiative. It’d be the first step to get a physical library in the city within the next five years.”

Olivares added that if a virtual library gets made in the city, it would serve as a trial run before the city moves forward with building a library, which would be a relief for residents who have to travel to Mission, La Joya or McAllen to use a library.

The city council also approved an ordinance that finalized an application with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to create a trail system and nature preserve in a property near the Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park.

Located southwest of Palmview, the area is about one third the size of the Bentsen state park and has lots of trails that were created by Boy Scouts of America and has since operated as a nature preserve since 1991, Olivares said.

If the application is approved, the city will receive a grant of up to half a million dollars to develop the land into a recreational area. The city will do this project as a partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

“It’s an exciting initiative in Palmview,” Olivares said. “It’s one of the best kept secrets here, it’s a major facility that’s open to the public but very few people go through there since they don’t know of it.”

Recipients of the grant will be notified by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department next April, Olivares said.

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