CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A new condominium development is quietly going up along Zahn Road on Mustang Island, with 66 units being built now and more to follow.
One of the unique things about the group of condos is that they are being built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.
"That concept on the coast is always of interest, but in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it's taken on added interest by not only folks in Texas but beyond in seeing how this construction fits in with the Island and the insurance company," Realtor Keith McMullin said.
The tract of land was formerly the Tortuga Dunes, but because affordable flood insurance was not available for individual homes in the flood zone, three buildings will now house 66 condominiums.
Corpus Christi City Councilman Greg Smith is prepared for the development.
"It's a good thing for the City. We put in a lift station over there, and it's never been used. It's adding to the tax base on there, very low valuation. Also, it's a genuine property," Smith said.
According to Smith, more phases are planned for more condos, and the owners are believers in ecotourism.
"They donated part of their property for birding with it. Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries, they donated that. So they're going to have rooftop pools and focused on ecotourism," Smith said.
The Tortuga Dunes project was begun more than 10 years ago but stalled after the infrastructure was built. The property already has beach access originally built for the Tortuga Dunes.
The condos are expected to be run much like a hotel, and they should be ready for occupancy by next spring and summer.