Imagining the Future of Presidio

Members of the Presidio Municipal Development District (PMDD) and the general public crowded into the Presidio Lely airport building on Tuesday night to discuss a PMDD meeting agenda replete with projects intended to pave the foundation for a bigger and more accessible Presidio.

In the backdrop of the meeting was the imminent Presidio international bridge expansion project, which in recent weeks has made tangible progress toward completion—including the creation of the Presidio International Port Authority (PIPA), which will oversee the operation and management of the port of entry. Port director John Deputy, who attended the PMDD meeting, referred to the PIPA as “the pipeline to the economic future of Presidio.”

As the board ran through the agenda, members frequently alluded to the not-too-distant future of Presidio—one in which its port of entry will broaden and expand, an international railroad bridge between Presidio and Ojinaga will be rebuilt, and a natural gas pipeline is slated to connect between Presidio and Ojinaga. The PMDD’s purported goal was to provide the infrastructure necessary to prepare for a growing city.

The board discussed the possible acquisition of a historical property located at 1400 Old Bridge Road that would include a Mexican Revolution-era adobe mercantile building and house, to be used as future office space for the PMDD and other governmental entities. Livingston Real Estate lists the property for $84,900.

Other agenda items included a discussion of how to distribute water beyond the city’s limits, and as far as the city’s future “industrial park,” located adjacent to Solitaire Homes.

PMDD executive director Brad Newton informed all those present that a 15.29-acre swathe of land that had been scouted as a potential site for this water infrastructure, and that was previously believed to belong to the city, was in fact privately owned. PMDD board members motioned to build upon another nearby city-owned property that would require more pipeline to build due to its distance from the water source, and would thereby be a more costly proposition. However, all those present agreed that it was a necessary investment for the city.

Carlos Nieto, the special projects coordinator for the city of Presidio, said, “We’re building the infrastructure for an industrial park we don’t have yet, but we will eventually. We need to have the infrastructure in place.”

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