If you’re anything like me, you’ve been waiting for any sign of life at Harlingen’s old Heritage Manor, now known as Reese Plaza. The building, which was constructed in 1927 and plagued with plumbing problems that forced the Harlingen Housing Authority to vacate the premises in 2005, is currently undergoing a major renovation. CTO, Inc. a reputable Harlingen-based commercial plumbing company bought the property in order to redevelop it into a high-end retail, condominium and office complex. The ground floor will also feature a new local Italian restaurant named Colletti’s. The design team is Megamorphosis Interior Design and Architecture, also of Harlingen.
According to developer Jo Wagner, construction will begin next week. After a brief glitch with the city closing the sidewalk, plans are to move forward with construction as soon as possible. Progress slowed to a crawl after 2008’s Hurricane Dolly caused the building’s basement water pumps to shut down, infesting the first floor of the building with toxic mold. Wagner says, “All contracts are signed and the building is as pure as a new building.” She plans on opening by late October.