The City of Corpus Christi is holding an open house Wednesday to show off its new redevelopment plan for North Beach.
The plan is an updated version of one that was approved by City Council in 2012. Residents and business people on North Beach do have concerns about the new plan.
"We're just wondering why this plan is even being paid for. Taxpayers are paying over $49,000 for a plan from someone from Dallas to do for our neighborhood when we already have a wonderful development plan that was approved by City Council in 2012," said Carrie Robertson Meyer, President of the North Beach Community Association.
The City's new redevelopment plan includes a couple of major changes. One deals with drainage that is described as a water channel in the middle of North Beach, and another is a redesigned off ramp from what will be the new Harbor Bridge. That will be a wide U-shaped entrance to Surfside Boulevard that bypasses Beach Avenue.
North Beach residents and business people see pros and cons.
"I guess it's called a drainage ditch, beach, etc., and that would take out part of Surfside, which we don't like. We don't like the plan for more water on North Beach," said Rocco Montesano, Executive Director of the U.S.S. Lexington. "But the part we do like is the exit for the new bridge. It looks like they've cut a new road, proposed a new road that does sort of a U-turn over there by the new bridge."
City planners said the new bridge is one of the reasons for the update.
North Beach Redevelopment Initiative community outreach events begin Wednesday with an open house from 2:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Basement.
Following the open house, the Planning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. The meeting will include a presentation and a Public Hearing.
On Thursday, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. city staff will host another open house on the North Beach Redevelopment Initiative at the Kiwanis Center on 3933 Timon Boulevard.