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Brownsville works to restore downtown historical buildings

Preservationist Larry Loff believes showcasing the city's history is the way to improve the downtown Brownsville experience.

Every building has its own story.

Preservationist Larry Loff believes showcasing the city's history is the way to improve the downtown Brownsville experience.

"Really, if Brownsville is going to reinvent itself downtown, it's going to stem from its historic legacy," Loff said.

The city of Brownsville, the Brownsville Historical Association and other locals are working to restore many historical buildings in the market square, like the San Fernando building.

Some of the restoration projects are funded through a grant worth $120,000.

With many of the restoration projects, including Loff's, organizations study the details of how the buildings were constructed so they hold the same historical surface as when they were first built.

The historical buildings in the market square won't be used for one specific area, ranging from restaurants to city office buildings — all in an effort to bring more people downtown.

Buildings should start to be completed within in the year.

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