City planners say that the $4.8 million Chaparral Street Bond Project could spark future growth in the downtown area of Corpus Christi.
While the construction there is nearly complete, some delays could be on the way, courtesy of the old Lichtenstein building, which is set to be torn down.
Kiii News Reporter Michael Gibson went Live from downtown with the details.
Timing is at issue, as the City will have the street and sidewalk part of the bond project finished before the building comes down. The City is delaying some of its work along the street so that demolition work will not damage the improvements that are made along the roadway.
"They're only delaying the sidewalk along the development. The rest of the sidewalks here will all be developed and ready to go," City Councilman Chad Magill said. "They're delaying this one, and I think it's a smart move because it allows for us to protect those tax dollars and make sure that, if any damages occur, then we don't have to go back and either work with them and have them spend extra money, or us as a City spend tax dollars on repairing something that is brand new."
Magill added that the rest of the work will be completed, and the street will be completely reopened by the end of the month. Right now, the concrete roadway has been put down, and the sidewalks will be in place shortly. They will use concrete as the base and place brick on top of that.
The Lichtenstein building will be replaced by the Cosmopolitan of Corpus Christi, a high-end apartment and retail development. Developers have said they went ahead with their project largely because of the street improvements the City is making on Chaparral.
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