Cedar Hill, Taj Hospitality Break Ground on Hotel & Convention Center Project

On Thursday, October 3, the City of Cedar Hill broke ground on a Hotel and Convention Center project that will bring 136 hotel rooms, convention center space, adding enhanced commercial and entertainment amenities to the City. The project will be constructed on the eastern side of Hillside Village shopping center and will include an approximate 136-room Aloft hotel and adjacent convention facility to include an 8,000 square foot
ballroom, 4,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, and various support spaces. The project is being designed to interact closely with existing retail
activity and provide a foundation for an enhanced entertainment presence in the area. The anticipated total value of the facility is approximately $25
million and is projected to open for business in the summer of 2021. “This is a project that has long been anticipated, and we’re excited to add a
hotel/convention center to the high-end retail and entertainment offerings at Hillside Village in Cedar Hill,” says Mayor Stephen Mason. Click to read more at www.rednews.com.

McAllen On The Move

A powerhouse city. Boomtown. The epicenter of the Rio Grande Valley. There are plenty of ways to describe McAllen, Texas, but they all have one
thing in common: growth. “With the volume of consumers that comes in to
McAllen daily, our city has developed a robust economy,” says Rebecca Olaguibel, the city’s Director of Retail and Business Development. The numbers are incredible for a city its size. With a population of around 140,000, McAllen generates more than $3 billion in gross retail sales thanks to 18 million people (an average of 39,000 people per day) who visit the city every year. It’s just 10 miles north of the Mexican border, so international visitors flow through it via McAllen International Airport and the two international bridges managed by the city. “It’s truly a geographic jackpot,” says Olaguibel, who has worked for the City of McAllen for 12 years. Its retail offerings are part of the draw of McAllen, making it the premiere shopping destination in South Texas and northern Mexico. While new
shopping centers and big box retailers open up new locations there, city leaders say it’s important to recognize the critical role small businesses play in the overall success of McAllen. Click to read more at www.rednews.com.

Is Your Insurance Claim Running Out of Time?

There are few market forces that can shut down a commercial operation the way Mother Nature’s forces can. Hail, wind, fire and floods can all significantly impact business operations and, while insurance is supposed to be a tool to help you manage risks with those unexpected interruptions, it can often introduce new challenges. “There’s a lot of risk in owning commercial real estate. Property owners’ buildings are always at risk and it’s just not right when insurance companies don’t pay fairly and promptly,” says public insurance adjuster Scott Friedson, CEO of Insurance Claim Recovery Support (ICRS). “When policyholders retain us, we virtually step
into their shoes and act as their exclusive claim advocate.” Best of all, there is no fee for his services it there’s no recovery. That, however, has never happened. “One hundred percent of our claims settle higher and/or faster than what the initial carrier offered,” says Friedson. “We have a 100 percent
win rate.” Licensed and bonded by Texas and other states, Friedson applies his 10 years of trusted public adjusting experience to exclusively represent
commercial and multi-family property owners to settle property damage insurance claims fairly and promptly. Click to read more at www.rednews.com.