Business Owners Donate Services, Demolish Local Eyesore

The former Cantu Funeral Home on the 1400 block of Leopard Street was demolished Monday as part of an initiative by local business owners and residents.

It's called the Uptown Neighborhood Initiative -- local business owners and residents coming together to help revitalize uptown Corpus Christi.

The former funeral home was demolished at no cost to taxpayers, nor to the elderly owners of the building. According to Darlene Gregory, chairman of the Uptown Neighborhood Initiative, the Cantu family reached out for assistance. The building had become a haven for the homeless population, and had been rendered uninhabitable over the years.

To help, Gregory reached out to the Regional Transportation Authority and its demolition contractor, Camacho Demolition. The owner of Camacho Demolition agreed to donate their services to demolish the building. Haas Resources, Inc., donated the dirt used to fill in the basement, and Envirotest also donated their services to perform an asbestos survey.

In addition, the City of Corpus Christi waived permit fees and the costs to disconnect gas and waterlines, and American Electric Power cut electricity from the building at no charge.

All in all, the donated services had a value of $25,000.


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