What this RGV city did with abandoned space…


A shut-down, Super Walmart left a large, abandoned building in the center of busy McAllen, TX. That was a whopping 124,500 square feet of abandoned space for McAllen to use. 

What McAllen did was contribute to the culture of its citizens by converting the space into an award-winning public library design.

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Construction by Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. gained this library the 2012:

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McAllen Public Library, 4001 N. 23rd St, also happens to be the largest one story library in the whole of the U.S. of America!

Not done, in 2013 the library, began and still, hosts a farmers market each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. RGVInformation visited the weekend before Thanksgiving this 2015...

 November 21, 2015; Image by: Mary T. Walker

 Outside are selections of organic foods and healthy products (e.g., gluten free). Inside are home-made crafts, art, and a selection of odd goods. Many of the food stations offer free samples, and it is hard to resist purchasing homemade, nut-free banana bread from the Bread Lady Nancy Courser. 

 Nancy Courser                                                                                                         Image by: Mary T. Walker 

Courser the Bread Lady, proudly points out her Ezekiel bread—made to biblical specifications with its variety of grain.

Grinding his own grain also, stands another arena offering small zip-locks of the variety of natural goodies offered: Alfredo Ortiz Gluten free, sugar free Granola products                                                  Photo by Ravalyn

Food is not the only commodity offered at the library.

These owl bags are made of recycled material collected by the craft-seller Juan Garcia’s wife:

 

Juan Garcia's Handmade Owlbags being browsed by Jeanie Secor                              Image by Ravalyn

 

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Margret Rivera--those Poke-balls are hand stiched!                                                             Image: Ravalyn

Violet Davis selling glitter oil jars

Talent and whimsy--these artists are dressed like their painting                                                Image: 

Weekly a RGV citizen can come to this McAllen library for a book, research, study room, and come Saturday experience the reprive of talent displayed and fresh food choices.