Kingsville is a multicultural city that offers something for everyone including several historical sites, acres of prime land ripe for hunting and fishing, the world famous King Ranch, Texas A&M University Kingsville and the Naval Air Station Kingsville. Founded in 1904, Kingsville’s development as a thriving community was thanks in large part to massive efforts made by Robert J. Kleberg and Henrietta King of the world famous King Ranch. Seeking to foster community and economic development in the untamed “Wild Horse Desert”, Mrs. King donated acres of land which became the site of a railroad hub and later, the site of present-day Kingsville. The ranch’s support and influence has left an indelible mark on the city’s growth and culture that continues to this day.
The City has long realized the importance of its historic resources and the value they have in heritage, quality of life, economic development and sustainable tax base. Downtown Kingsville is part of the city's local historic district and work is underway to create a National Register Historic District along Kleberg Avenue, which will provide access to the state and federal historic tax incentives. The City offers a historic preservation grant for commercial and mixed use properties to support facade improvements as well as property tax relief for historic properties. The City also offers economic development incentive agreements for commercial and retail development that creates jobs, sales taxes & additional property value. A new Downtown Vision Plan was adopted unanimously by the City Commission in March 2017 which addresses infrastructure improvements, parking and other catalyst projects such as an event center.
Availability is updated here regularly. Contact Cynthia Martin, Downtown Manager for additional information.