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Nov 8, 2013 5:19 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Expensive Bond Project Sits Empty: City Looking for Tenant

CORPUS CHRISTI - We're digging deeper into a project voters approved nine years ago that has sat empty since it was completed.

We're talking about the kiosks that were built next to the seawall across from the American Bank Center.

They were part of a $15.4 million project approved in the 2004 Bond Election.

It was supposed to be a great fit, serving as a location for people to grab a quick bite to eat while they walk along the shoreline, check out the fountain, or maybe visit the American Bank Center.

But no one has ever leased it out.

The city says it's come close to getting a tenant once.

It was in talks with a company called Game Time Food and Beverage a couple of years ago.

The company was going to operate the kiosk from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and Spring Break. In short, most of the peak tourist seasons, but at the last second, the city says the company backed out.

The rent would have been $200 to $300 a month to the city, and the city would have taken eight percent of the profit.

So, now the city is eager to find a tenant. It says it will negotiate on length of stay, what the company would sell, and even how much they'd pay in rent.

Basically, if you're interested, the city wants you to call.


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