Historic Downtown Harlingen
Mission Statement: To coordinate improvements,
promotions, and economic redevelopment activities in Downtown Harlingen,
in partnership with various public and private groups and individuals.
Vision Statement: Downtown Harlingen is a thriving
and vibrant area of economically viable and unique businesses with
activities that attract local citizens and visitors. An attractive
streetscape, renovated buildings of diverse architectural styles, and an
appealing mix of restaurants, shops, offices, and housing entices
residents and businesses to invest in the historic city center.
Downtown Harlingen, a Public Improvement District, was established
in 1989 to foster economic growth and redevelopment in Harlingen’s
central business district. Today more than 170 businesses or
organizations operate in Downtown Harlingen. The mix of retail and
service businesses, government and nonprofit offices, financial
institutions, and restaurants includes the city’s oldest, most
established businesses, national chains, and young entrepreneurs.
The downtown revitalization program has been a public/private
partnership since its beginning. In addition to funding provided by the
City, Downtown property owners have voted six times to tax themselves
through an annual assessment to generate revenue for improvements
including landscaping, signage, promotions, and storefront
enhancements. A seven-member Board of Directors appointed by the Mayor
and City Commission oversees the expenditures of assessment funds. The
Downtown Manager, Redevelopment Specialist, and Maintenance Coordinator
coordinate daily operations with other city departments, volunteers,
property owners, and businesses managers.
Economic growth, creation of new jobs, historic preservation, and
development of community pride are among the goals of the program.
Downtown Harlingen is affiliated with the National Main Street Center, a
subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the
Main Street Program administered by the Texas Historical Commission.
The Main Street Four-Point Approach that guides Downtown Harlingen is a
comprehensive revitalization strategy in which staff and volunteers work
to implement projects in four key areas:
2020 Texas Downtown Association
2021 Texas Downtown Association
Downtown Harlingen has been designated a Great Neighborhood by the state chapter's Great Places in Texas Program (2020).
City of Harlingen
118 E Tyler Ave
Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: (956) 216-5000
24-Hour Reporting Hotline
Contact Number by Department
(956) 216-5000, City Hall
(956) 216-5101, Lon C Hill Building
(956) 216-5300, Public Works
(956) 216-5400, Police Department
(956) 230-8011, Fire Department
(956) 216-5800, Public Library
(956) 216-5900, Telecomm Center
Chris Boswell, Mayor
Richard Uribe, Commissioner, District 1
Frank Puente, Commissioner, District 2
Michael Mezmar, Commissioner, District 3
Frank Morales, Commissioner, District 4
Rene Perez, Commissioner, District 5
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