Steve Coon, Owner of Coon Restoration specializes in restoring historic buildings like the old Nueces County Courthouse. Coon says when he heard about the 103 year-old building up for sale, he knew right away he had to see it in person.
Coon said, "I was originally brought in to take a look at the courthouse to see if it was worth saving and after walking around the courthouse and going inside, I fell in love with the facility."
Coon and his team were in town Today (Wednesday), meeting with City and County officials to work out some final details. Coon Restoration wants to restore the courthouse and turn it into a "boutique hotel" that would have about 240 rooms.
Coon added, "We've still got some speed bumps that we've got to go over but for the most part we're very bullish and excited about doing this project and I'm one hundred percent positive it's going to be hugely successful."
Commissioner Mike Pusley agrees, saying in it's current condition the courthouse has been a eyesore for other developers looking at the area. Commissioner Pusley says this project will help attract more business, especially once the new Harbor Bridge is in place.
Commissioner Pusley said, "So I think it goes along with us to encourage other people to come here to show them we care about revitalization. We care about historic buildings. So it's really key to making all of that fall together."
Coon says construction could begin in as early as 3-4 months and would take about two years to complete.
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