City of Rio Grande City commemorates new street project



The City of Rio Grande City held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, November 30 at 7:30 a.m. to mark the completed street project within the Rio Grande Village commercial development.


“Today we open Rattler Drive, our golden gate that will transform our region for generations to come,” said Mayor Joel Villarreal. “Together, our established, small and new incoming businesses will potentially keep more than $500 million in sales revenue in Rio Grande City.”



Mayor Joel Villarreal making remarks at ribbon cutting
Mayor Joel Villarreal


Rattler Dr. is located off FM 755 and within the new Rio Grande Village commercial development and provides access to the area. Whataburger, the development’s first business occupant is set to open Monday, November 30 at 11 a.m.


“We’d like to thank everyone who made this project possible,” said Commissioner Rey Ramirez, President, Rio Grande City EDC Board of Directors. “We look forward and welcome new opportunities and businesses this project will create for Rio Grande City.”



Commissioner Rey Ramirez, President, Rio Grande City EDC Board of Directors


Rio Grande City leaders broke ground on the commercial project in October 2019. Joined at that time by local, state and federal officials, they announced the project was years in the making and a collective effort to create jobs and expand retail opportunities in Starr County.

Members of the Greater Rio Grande City Chamber of Commerce were also present to celebrate the opening of the new street and welcome the prospect of new retailers to the area.



Rio Grande City Commission, Rio Grande City EDC and Chamber of Commerce members