For decades the city of San Benito has been working on efforts to revitalize its downtown business corridor.
For years many have driven down Sam Houston only to see empty store fronts in the downtown area.
But city officials have a plan to revive the area and transform it into a thriving commercial center in Cameron County.
“The developer has named it Resaca Village as you drive by Business 77 at the Resaca there you’ll see that there is already construction fencing that borders Business 77 and they started clearing the land,” said Manuel De La Rosa, San Benito city manager.
Varco Real Estate has broken ground on a multi-million dollar project along the Resaca. Officials said they plan to making it affordable for businesses to move their business to San Benito.
“Anyone who is coming to San Benito is because we are centrally located in the county,” De La Rosa said. “Its because most of their customers are county wide, and one of the things they tell us is that the land prices are affordable.”
De La Rosa said realtors are also showing interest in city owned building.
The city is also offering programs to help subsidize rent for businesses up to six months.
Thomas West, owner of a Trunk Full of Junk, an antique store in San Benito said since moving his business into downtown business has exceeded his expectations.
“The assistance from the city has definitely helped us get our feet off the ground,” West said.
The San Benito EDC also offers a program to help subsidize rent for businesses up to six months.
Businesses can also apply for grants to improve store fronts, a program initiative the city offers to welcome new businesses into downtown.