BROWNSVILLE, Texas – In a Zoom interview with the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service, Helen Ramirez has discussed the Madeira Texas Living master-planned community project.

Ramirez is deputy city manager for the City of Brownsville and executive director of the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation. 

The Madeira Texas Living project encompasses 1,300 acres of land just east of I-69 East and just south of State Highway 100, just north of Brownsville. Working with Cameron County, Brownsville leaders have set up a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone to help finance the cost of the project. 

There could be as many as 3,000 residential lots and six miles of commercial property on the frontage of I-69 East, as part of 290 acres of mixed use development. The project will see over 13 miles off hike and bike trails, community parks, pools, tennis courts, clubhouses for Madeira members, restaurants, retail shopping, and, if voters approve, an arena. 


Support for the Arena:

Supporters of the Cameron County Arena say the project will boost tourism and local livelihoods; connect residents with annual recreation opportunities; increase employment and economic growth in Cameron County; and create a multi-purpose venue for entertainment and community events. They point out the Arena will be paid for though a visitor’s/venue tax and at no expense to local residents. 

Other venues paid for by a tourist/visitor’s tax include South Padre Island’s Amphitheater and Laguna Vista’s South Texas Eco-Tourism Center. 

Voters in Cameron County will decide whether to support a Cameron County Arena during the general election of May 7, 2022. Early voting will be from April 25 though May 3.

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