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May 5, 2014 5:14 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Old Buildings like Butter Krust Could be Getting Help

CORPUS CHRISTI - We have some news about the old Butter Krust Building that has been vacant for decades.

It's an eyesore, but now, with a new focus on redevelopment projects, the city might help change that.

The city plans to hire someone who's sole job will be to look at vacant lots and buildings like Butter Krust, and see what can be done.

This could include things like working to change zoning laws or other regulations to make the buildings more attractive to potential tenants and buyers.

The current owners of the building had plans to turn it into a market square several years ago.

The architects on the project, Jack Turner, and Philip Ramirez, showed KRIS 6 News concept drawings of what it would have looked like.

Ramirez says the problem was they could never find a tenant.

"It really takes a little bit of luck, the timing to be right to find a willing, typically a willing participant to say hey, you know I'm willing to take a risk on this," Ramirez says.

We're told deals with Del Mar College and Texas A&M Corpus Christi fell through. Both considered using the building for showroom and educational purposes.

The current owners/developers say, at this point, they're just looking for the best deal.

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