City of Mission prepares for grand opening of new events center

Upper Valley residents will soon have a new place to host their big events.

Upper Valley residents will soon have a new place to host their big events. The City of Mission is counting down the days until it can open the doors to its new event center.

"We wanted to make sure we catered to our Mission residents, be able to afford this project and use it, as well," said Mission City Manager Martin Garza Jr.

The new 40,000 sq. ft. building, which sits on top of ten acres of land, features a lobby area that can be rented out for job fairs, art shows and more. The main attraction, however, is the Ruby Red Ballroom, which can be rented out as one large 17,000 sq. ft. ballroom or as three separate reception halls.

"It's something that no one else has here in this area," said Garza. "We're not trying to compete with any of our surrounding neighbors, we just wanted something that would fit and work for our community."

The center will hold it all: School meetings, business conferences, luncheons, seminars, trade shows and even more family-friendly events. The outside area dubbed, "The Patio At The Orchard", will also be available to rent for outdoor events, doubling as an area for residents to enjoy. The Mission EDC also bought 19 acres in the surrounding area of the building.

"The 19 acres are going to be developed for hotels, retails and restaurants, so, we're going to bring new economic development to all this area," Garza said.

Mayor Beto Salinas says the best part about the project is that the $15 million for construction will not impact tax payers.

"We don't believe in doing increases in taxes," said Salinas. "We try to leave in what we have, this in our budget and this is in our budget and it's not going to cost us any tax increase at all."

The building is being funded by the city and the EDC.

Doors open April 2018, with a grand opening ribbon cutting scheduled for later this month.

"People are excited to have it and it's going to be very comfortable for people to use in the community," said Salinas. "This place is not to make any money, but for people in our community to use."

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