Posted: Jul 16, 2014 2:38 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2014 4:31 PM
WESLACO - BCFS Health and Human Services on Wednesday withdrew a proposal to turn a Weslaco hotel into a facility for young illegal immigrants.
A media release from the group of non-profit agencies cited "negative backlash caused by information misreported to the public" as the reason for walking away from the project.
BCFS last week submitted a request for a conditional use permit to relocate its facility from Harlingen to Weslaco. The agency had agreed to use $3.8 million in non-government funds to buy the Palm Aire Hotel and Suites on FM 1015.
BCFS sought to turn the hotel into a 600-bed facility, but the project didn't reached the point of submitting the proposal to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to the media release.