UPDATE: Blaschka Tower exchange deal put on hold — for now
THE REAL DEAL
By JERRY DEAL
The Blaschka Tower building swapout has been put on hold by the Harlingen Economic Development Board, myleadernews has been told.
This means the Harlingen City Commisssion also will not be voting Wednesday evening at its session, at least temporarily tying up the project.
The Harlingen Community Improvement Board at a session Tuesday of the EDC reportedly wavered in the swap that has been suggested.
Among those objecting to the deal was Joe Rubio, who has adamantly opposed the swap. Rubio is a former police officer and regular blogger here,
This certainly has upset Mayor Christ Boswell, who has visions of the building, which should have been condemned long ago, becoming a viable part of downtown Harlingen.
Although this online publication did not attend the EDC meeting, those in attendance said the board wanted to look at the deal further.
Gee, is this the first sane move yet?
If you have read this column you know that this writer and many others
say it is a very bad deal the Harlingen City Commission was to vote Wednesday on the swap on the Blaschka Tower – N. Commerce exchange warehouse deal.
It should be a no brainer that the Tower not only is a downtown eyesore, it should have been condemned under the city code, not put up for sale with city approval.
The claim is it can be fixed and become an asset to downtown. Ha!
The Blaschka Tower, owned by Wayne Blaschka, is valued at $93,190, according to the Cameron County Appraisal District. Meanwhile, the
warehouse at 710 N. Commerce, owned by the Harlingen Community Improvement Board, is valued at $573,243.
With the Harlingen Economic Development Board in charge of the negotiations involving the property, the exchange is a $300,000 deal.
What say you, readers?