EDINBURG – The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) and the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (Valley Metro) along with representatives from the city held a groundbreaking for a new multi-use transit terminal.
This project has been in the making prior to 2004. This was before the EEDC Executive Director Gus Garcia was at his current post as well as him being on the city council.
“It was a vision to bring back a vibrant community because there were a lot of complaints about the city being vacated in the evenings,” Garcia said. “There's been large effort by our council, by the mayor and of course the leadership to bring that back.”
The EEDC as many know, is a jobs creator for the city and Garcia admits a lot people just see the current pop ups of multiple restaurants but other EEDC projects include improving the quality of life and creating infrastructure like this terminal.
In 2014 the EEDC entered into an agreement with the city to oversee the construction of the new $4.3 million terminal. The money will come from a federal grant and will be built on a 1.6-acre tract donated by the EEDC.
The terminal will have a retail component that will also combine the public transit service with office space. Valley Metro and the EEDC will have offices in the new building.
The 15,000-square-foot facility will also include an incubator.
“As part of the design of the project we wanted to have a kitchen incubator,” Garcia said. “There will be five spaces where the EEDC will be working with local entrepreneurs to bring different types of restaurants to the area.”
The construction contract for the project is one year but the contractors hope to have it complete by the end of the year.