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Historic Brownsville hotel getting new life as low-income housing

​​​BROWNSVILLE – The historic El Jardin Hotel will be converted into an income-restricted housing project. 

Built in 1926-27, El Jardin is on .83 acres at 1114 E. Levee St. in downtown. It will un​dergo $18.5 million in renovations to provide rent-controlled housing for 44 low-income families.

The majority of units will be on the second to eighth floors. Much of the ground level is reserved for a leasing office and amenity center with a kitchen, business center, fitness center, classroom, and foyer, as well as a leasable space for future retail.

There will also be an outdoor recreation area with a community garden, covered pavilion, fountain, barbecue pits, covered patio, children’s playsca​pe, and jogging path. 

El Jardin will have a rentable area of 42,994 sf and gross area of 68,319 sf.​​​

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs awarded around $1.18 million in funding to the Brownsville Housing Opportunity Corp. as part of its “at-risk set aside” program. The property owner, El Jardin BHOC LP, will receive a $14 million construction loan from the International Bank of Commerce. 

​Locally based OrgioWorks is the project architect. 

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