Brownsville Hotel to be Replaced by Retail Plaza

The end is near for the Holiday Inn, formerly the Sheraton, on the expressway frontage road across I-69E from Sunrise Commons.

A demolition permit has been issued and the work is scheduled to begin Aug. 1, according to city permitting director Evaristo Gamez.

Utilities to the building have been shut off and a perimeter fence erected. On Friday, furniture, beds, TVs, lamps and everything else that wasn’t nailed down was up for sale and walking out the door.

Gamez said the demolition work should take six to eight weeks. Once it’s done, the contractor will submit drawings for “Las Palmas,” the retail/restaurant development proposed to take its place.

Preliminary plans call for a retail plaza fronted by four restaurants: Applebee’s, Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden and Palenque Grill, Gamez said. Construction of the 45,000-square-foot project will take between six months and a year to complete, he said.

The developer, McAllen-based Rubiano Commercial, is in a hurry to get it built, Gamez said.

Other proposed commercial projects contained in the permitting department’s April 1-June 30 quarterly report include a plan to renovate the 217,858-square-foot former Tex-Mex Cold Storage building at 6665 Padre Island Highway and turn it into a seafood-packing business.

Gamez said the property has recently changed hands and that company representatives claim the packing facility will create about 300 new jobs.

Also, H&M clothing store will submit plans for a 20,000-square-foot store at Sunrise Mall, with construction likely commencing before the end of the year, he said.

Rue21 clothing store will submit plants for a shop at Sunrise Mall within 90 days, and Carter’s Children’s Clothing will open a store this year in Sunrise Commons, according to the quarterly report.

Sunrise Mall itself is undergoing $6 million worth of major interior renovation., while construction of Dick’s Sporting Goods at the mall is on schedule and about…

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