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May 12, 2014 4:43 PM

Council Members Talk About Zoning Change for Entertainment Complex

CORPUS CHRISTI - Corpus Christi City Council will take a vote on an issue that has led to screaming matches at recent town hall meetings. A proposed zoning change for a new entertainment center at the corner of South Staples and Yorktown has people fired up.

The corner of Staples and Yorktown is zoned only for homes and apartments. During tomorrow's city council meeting, the public is being allowed to voice their opinions on whether that area should be zoned for businesses.

That vote will determine whether the proposed entertainment center will be built. Even though the vote is less than a day away, some council members haven't made up their minds.

"I really like preserving judgement until I get a chance to hear from people and ask everyone questions," said City Councilman David Loeb.

"I'm waiting for a couple of pieces from engineering and I think it's important also to have an opportunity to listen to what the public has to say," said Mayor Nelda Martinez.

Just a few weeks ago, Councilman Rudy Garza told us he was also undecided for the same reasons. Wanting to know what his constituents thought of the project.

Councilman Loeb says he recently visited the developer, Jeff Dinger's, theater in Portland and was impressed. But by the looks of it, people who will live near the center are against it.

"The neighborhoods split. People who don't live in the neighborhood seem to want it," said Councilman Loeb.

It's because of this split decision council members say they want to hear both sides. But the Mayor says before some folks knock down the idea, they have to remember one thing.

"It's always good to be considering any type of growth, but we want to make sure that we have meaningful and good growth for our community," said Mayor Martinez.

Council members tell me if the zoning change doesn't pass, developers will have to wait a year before making another zoning request at that location. But if it does pass, council members will vote on the second reading May 27th.

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