MISSION, RGV – The people of Mission have made their views known on what they want to see at the 3,400-acre master-planned project being created by Killam Development on the Shary plantation.

Their views have been sought through a weeklong series of public workshops held at the Center for Education and Economic Development in Mission.

Pictures were on display on the walls showing commercial addresses, open streets, neighborhoods, building forms, and spaces. Local residents were asked to put a green sticker on the images they liked and a red sticker on the images they did not like. The information gathered will help designers, architects and planners develop drawings for the project.

The designers, architects and planners work for Killam’s partners, Able City and Dover, Kohl & Partners.

“It is so exciting that local residents have had their say,” said Mission Mayor Armando O’Caña. “The developers now have a much better idea of what the people want.”

Asked what feedback he has received from local residents, Mayor O’Caña said open spaces, hike and bike trails and mixed use residential units seem popular.

The Killam project could see as many 15,000 to 18,000 homes built, as well as retail and industrial development. Although it is happening on the Shary plantation a name for the project has yet to be decided on. Local residents have been asked what they would like the new community to be called. Among the suggestions:

Shary-on-the River, Emerald City, Azatlán, New Valley, Guadalupe, Frontera, What-A-City, Hyacinth, Adelitas, El Sol, Shary Lakes, Harvest, La Luna, Rio Bravo, Toronja, Coyote Run, Mega City, Champion City, Consuelo, Mesquite, Española City, Tenoli, Cultura, San Gabriel, and My Shary Amor.

Mission Citrus Express

Among the elected officials to attend a public workshop for the Killam Development in Mission and McAllen were McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, Mission Mayor Armando O’Caña, state Rep. Terry Canales, and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar.

O’Caña said the City of Mission’s proposed Mission Citrus Express bus service fits right into the concept of the Killam project. This system will feature seven routes connecting all parts of Mission to the downtown area at a new bus terminal on 9th and Conway. One of the bus routes will connect to South Texas College and UT-Rio Grande Valley and also take in the cities of Palmview and Alton. Another will connect Granjeno and Sharyland to Mission.

“We will supplement these routes with one to the Killam Development once it gets built,” O’Caña said.

On Friday afternoon, local elected officials and economic development leaders were invited to a public workshop by Killam. O’Caña said he was delighted with the turnout.

“Having all these elected officials here, it’s tremendous. It shows that Mission is on the map. It was great to see Reynosa was represented because we working on a binational regional plan.”

Among the elected officials to attend the workshop were McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, state Rep. Terry Canales, and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar. Canales and Cuellar said they knew the Killam family well and vouched for their civic mindedness.

“Some of the leaders got together for lunch and we talked about regionalization. This is so important. Mayor Darling and I agreed, Taylor Road may be the dividing line for McAllen and Mission but we are really heart by heart.”

O’Caña said that in his conversations with Killam staff, he gets the impression that a groundbreaking ceremony for the Shary project may happen later this year.

“We are going to have the bulldozers on the ground in July. It is going to make my day.”