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Aug 20, 2013 7:32 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

More Changes to Downtown Could Be On Their Way

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Downtown Management District is looking to bring crowds from the Whataburger Field area to the downtown area. But it needs your help to get it done.

This past year, 1.7 million people visited the sports, entertainment, and arts district.... known as the SEA district. It consists of Whataburger Field, Hurricane Alley, and some museums.

The first phase of construction on Chaparral Street is underway. It runs between William and Schatzell. With that project almost complete, downtown businesses owners are already thinking about a phase two of the project which will be included in the 2014 bond election.

The area from Hurricane Alley all the way to downtown is full of destination and entertainment hot spots. With one project to improve downtown already under way, business owners say it's just the beginning.

"The effort now is focused on getting the community together and making downtown a more vibrant place to be," said John Vidaurri with the Downtown Management District.

To achieve this goal the SEA district and Downtown Management District plan to merge their two areas into the main destination spot for Corpus Christi. In phase one of the Chaparral street plan, crews are making it a two way street, adding decorative lighting, and wider sidewalks. The city hopes the changes will bring more traffic to the downtown area. For phase two, the plan is to extend those renovations past Schatzell to Taylor street. This will make it easy for residents to commute between the SEA district and downtown.

"By opening up that corridor it just adds hundreds of thousands more people that can get from here to there conveniently," said Bob Schulte with the SEA District.

This $9 million project will be added to our 2014 bond package. If voters approve phase two, local business owner say this project could bring downtown back to it's former glory.

"Then you will see the area really begin to develop that vibrant look that we're all hoping to achieve someday in the future. The same look that we had in the past," said Vidaurri.

With hopes that you will approve this project, I'm told both the DMD and SEA district are already in talks with the RTA about placing some kind of trolley along the area to transport people from one destination to another.

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