Proposed border wall would affect senior community

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A senior community in southern Texas has put a $1 million expansion plan on hold as it waits to learn more about the federal government's plans for a border wall between the United States and Mexico, reports Cronkite News.

“I can't sell a $200,000 townhome here if the wall gets built,” Jeremy Barnard, general manager of River Bend Resort & Golf Club, in Brownsville, TX, told the media outlet, which is the news division of Arizona PBS. A wall built in 2006 “looks like a prison fence,” he added.

Two border walls already border the 319-acre community, which currently includes homes as well as RVs, according to the article. The government would have to purchase privately owned land to build the new structure, Cronkite News said.

“Because of a 1970 treaty with Mexico, nothing can be built that would interfere with the flow of the Rio Grande, so the proposed continuation of the wall will be erected on a levee to the north of the river,” Mindy Riesenberg wrote. “Sitting south of the levee is 70 percent of River Bend's property. About 200 homes and 15 of the resort's golf holes are situated in a half-mile ‘no man's land' that would exist between the proposed wall and the winding river.”

The government would have to pay approximately $150 million to acquire the River Bend property, golf course turf management expert Lee Berndt told the media outlet.

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