Oct 25, 2013 5:59 PM by Caroline Flores - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - The old Lichtenstein building on Chaparral has been around since the 1930s. It's been abandoned for more than 20 years, and now it will soon be demolished.
There is already fencing around the building and developers say the demolition process will begin Tuesday, October 29th. It will be replaced with a brand new apartment complex called The Cosmopolitan. Local businesses nearby say they can't believe something is finally happening with the old building.
"The talk has been... they sold it then they didn't sell it then they sold it then they didn't. This time it's confirmed. It's coming down," said Sonja Silvertooth the owner of Sonja's.
Many business owners hope when The Cosmopolitan takes the old Lichtenstein building's place, it will bring downtown back into the busy area it once was.
"Hopefully now with more apartment complexes... More people down here, you know, it's going to bring downtown back to... Back alive again," said Sonja's employee Homer Zoniga.
The developers, RealTex Development, say the new complex will have 165 units. Local business owners say with more people comes more business. Everyone we spoke with is very excited for the changes.
"It's exciting to know that downtown is finally gonna grow again. Because it's just a ghost town down here. There's nothing going on. You know, and the streets they're all dead," said Zoniga.
RealTex Development says the demolition process should take about 45 days. Then in 12-14 months the first batch of apartment units should be ready for people to move into.