Jan 28, 2014 6:44 AM by Sara Donchey
CORPUS CHRISTI - Preliminary talks of creating a plaza and diverting traffic at 6 Points Station has some local business owners concerned.
Anthony Shamoon owns a building along Staples Street and fears that diverting traffic could impact his ability to rent out the vacant space.
"It's an experiment that they think would work but we're not willing to take that experiment at our own financial loss."
The city's Traffic Engineering Department has begun early discussions of super-sizing the bus stop at 6 Points Station and re-routing traffic by creating one-way streets.
They say it's part of a plan to revitalize the area, but local property owner Garth Herder thinks a bigger public gathering point there will do just the opposite.
"More of the homeless people, more of the beggars, more of the dope dealers that we've run off but that are still across the street from City Hall."
And some business owners are particularly concerned about the idea of closing a portion of Staples Street.
Luis Guerrero has owned Price's Chef restaurant for the past eight years, and says he's worried about losing business if the city was to go through with the changes as they stand.
"If they shut down Staples, and people have to drive around three blocks to get to Price's Chef, not only are people not going to see it anymore, but the ones that want to come in to eat won't be able to get to it."
Though plans aren't concrete, Corpus Christi Regional Transit Authority officials said it would support the city's idea to expand the stop.
Marketing Directory Jane Dare Haas said the RTA is just glad the city is asking for the public's opinion so early on.
"What do you need to get out of this environment? How will this be a win-win for the community before undertaking plans (rather than) letting people know what's being done to them."