Details of a proposal to donate up to five acres of prime real estate in southwest Edinburg – valued at more than $2 million – to serve as the site of the planned administrative headquarters for the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley have been made public by MVP Partnership, L.T.D. of McAllen.
The offer, submitted by prominent attorney José E. García on behalf of MVP Partnership, L.T.D., would benefit the UT System, UT-Rio Grande Valley, and the McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr-Mission Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) by placing the key headquarters, with its prestigious economic, academic, and political resources, in the heart of one of the Valley’s most influential, safest, and attractive regions.
The site being offered by MVP Partnership, L.T.D. is located by the intersection of Trenton Road and McColl Road in Edinburg, immediately north of the campuses of Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and adjoining medical offices and businesses. It is within easy access to all major hospitals in Edinburg, including Edinburg Regional Medical Center and Edinburg Children’s Hospital, the University of Texas-Pan American, the planned UT-RGV medical school, and minutes away from some of the most distinguished neighborhoods and bustling business, medical, and entertainment corridors in Edinburg and McAllen.
MVP Partnership, L.T.D. was one of 14 applicants who submitted offers to the UT System by the 5 p.m. Thursday, May 15 deadline.
García, a UT-Austin alumnus, former Hidalgo County Democratic Party chairman, and Senior Partner of García and Villarreal, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law, 4311 North McColl Road in McAllen, said it is a “once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of something so important and historic.” He wants to help the McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr-Mission MSA have the strongest chance to land the UT-RGV administrative headquarters.
“The cities of Edinburg and McAllen have each submitted their own plans, and our proposal gives the UT System leadership another outstanding reason to build the UT-RGV administrative headquarters in our region,” he said.
“The offer by MVP Partnership, L.T.D. is our way of supporting Edinburg, McAllen, Pharr, Mission and other Hidalgo County communities, and the UT System, who have given so much to us,” García added.
In addition to MVP Partnership, L.T.D., the other applicants who submitted proposals of land donation are the cities of Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen, McAllen, Mercedes, San Benito, and Weslaco, along with the Weslaco Economic Development Corporation, as well as Cielo Realty Partners, Cadence Commercial Real Estate, D&M Ventures LLC, Roberto S. Zamora, and S.E.R.R. Properties Ltd.
The gift of land by MVP Partnership, L.T.D., is a private donation. This would allow Edinburg and McAllen to spend and invest their tax revenues on other important projects.
“I know McAllen has a great interest in building a permanent campus, focusing on Master’s and Ph.D programs, in their community, and Edinburg will continue to be a vital partner in the development of the UT-RGV campus and UT-RGV medical school in their city,” García said. “Our proposal allows both cities to save their valuable resources for those, and other, incredibly important goals.”
The unique strategic location of the property will be of great benefit to McAllen, Edinburg, Pharr and Mission, he noted, but also emphasized some of the many quality-of-life advantages to the people who would work in the headquarters.
“The commercial and residential areas surrounding the property are safe, secure, well-maintained, and aesthetically pleasing, while still affordable,” García said. “The Northeast McAllen/Southwest Edinburg corridor is the most attractive location in an area where people want to live, work, eat, shop, recreate and learn.”
He added the site being offered by MVP Partnership, L.T.D. is situated “in the heart of the 78504 zip code, which contains the highest per capita income level in the Rio Grande Valley.”
According to the UT System, the administrative headquarters for UT-RGV will need to accommodate about 100 employees, including staff, professional level and executive level personnel. Considerations will include a proposed site’s access to amenities and major highways – ideally in or near an established commercial district – and access to UT-RGV’s campuses.
The proposed site submitted by MVP Partnership, L.T.D. would provide the space needed for the construction of a 36,000-square-foot building with 172 parking spaces, in compliance with City of Edinburg ordinances, as required by the UT System.
The University of Texas System on Friday, March 14, had posted a request for proposals (RFP) to seek offers for the most suitable site for the administrative headquarters for UT-RGV.
Among the key points included in the 28-page proposal by MVP Partnership, L.T.D., are the following highlights:
- The gift to the UT System by MVP Partnership, L.T.D. is from a private, independent entity. It would not be tied to any specific group, business or municipality;
- MVP Partnership L.T.D.’s proposed site is an independent site so the community can recognize it as the headquarters for UT-RGV and the entire region;
- Independence is important. The public perception is important. Safety is important;
- Tax dollars are not being used to pay for the property being gifted to the UT System;
- The MVP Partnership L.T.D. property is prominently located in and near established commercial districts, and the majority of the area’s premier neighborhoods are immediately adjoining the MVP Partnership L.T.D. property;
- The City of McAllen will receive the highest benefit because of the proximity of the site to well-established commercial districts and North McAllen neighborhoods;
- This gift will promote and enhance continued economic growth and development for the cities of McAllen and Edinburg;
- MVP Partnership, L.T.D’s proposed land donation is located in the heart of the McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr-Mission MSA, which is a hub of economic activity. Many retailers have seized upon this activity, and the MSA has seen marked growth in recent years. The MSA is poised at a critical juncture for future growth and would benefit enormously from the economic partnerships fostered by UT-RGV and the medical school;
- The property is literally at the crossroads of McAllen and Edinburg, perfectly positioned on the northeastern boundary of McAllen and southwestern boundary of Edinburg. The majority of the surrounding housing rooftops are of the premier North McAllen neighborhoods;
- Any proposed project will enjoy the significant strength and purchasing power of North McAllen and also benefit from the beautiful North McAllen neighborhoods, jogging trails, and the luxurious Lake James subdivision in Edinburg; and
- By virtue of its location, MVP Partnership L.T.D.’s property fosters access to, and partnerships with, the booming medical corridor in Edinburg, including Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance, the Women’s Hospital at Renaissance, Cancer Center at Renaissance, Heart and Vascular Hospital, Renaissance Behavioral Hospital, Edinburg Regional Medical Regional Center, Edinburg Children’s Hospital, Cornerstone Regional Hospital, Edinburg Regional Rehab Center, and South Texas Behavioral Health Center.
According to the UT-System, the request for land donations is the first step in selecting a site for the future UT-RGV headquarters.
UT System staff, assisted by a master planner for the new university, will review and evaluate all proposals and select a site or sites for further evaluation and negotiation. The UT System Board of Regents will make the final decision on selecting the location.
In 2013, the Texas Legislature unanimously passed a bill to create UT-Rio Grande Valley, a historic move that will combine the resources and assets of UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American and, for the first time, make it possible for residents of the Rio Grande Valley to benefit from the Permanent University Fund.
The institution, which will provide an outstanding, world-class, education to the students of South Texas, Texas, the United States and the world, will also be home to a school of medicine and will transform Texas and the nation by becoming a leader in student success, teaching, research and healthcare.