One of the oldest streets in downtown Corpus Christi has a new look. The block of Chaparral St., between Schatzell and Peoples St. re-opened to the public on Monday. After five months of under-going construction, city work crews put in new pavement, sidewalks, and utilities.
Businesses on the block are excited to see the upgrades finally completed, but while work was going on, there was some disruption for businesses and foot-traffic in the area.
Gerry Kramer, an assistant general manager at Urbana Market & Deli, said Chaparral looks a lot different than it did before. He adds, the new look is appealing, but as construction was going on, things slowed down.
"For a while, it was kind of, business went down a little bit," said Kramer. "Not too much, I mean we still saw a lot of foot traffic.
But Kramer expects pace to pick back up as spring comes around.
Just down the block is All Good Fitness. Jared Cooper, a manager there, said he's very pleased with the work crews and the finished product, but the pace of business did slow down during the winter months.
"This is supposed to be the busiest time of the year, so we didn't really have the push that we normally would have," Cooper said.
Cooper said the street looks much nicer than it did before. The sidewalks are bigger and there's more parking -- improving the look of downtown Corpus Christi. This makes it easier for businesses like his, to show off what they have to offer.
"It seems like we want to have downtown working, and it's kind of revolving around this construction," Cooper said. "So hopefully as we work through this construction, we can help revitalize downtown like it's supposed to be."
The construction is part of a bigger, on-going project on three blocks of Chaparral St. When construction is finished, Chaparral will then become a two-way street from Cooper's Alley, to I-37.
The city says street lighting will be installed on the block of Chaparral between Schatzell and Peoples St. in the upcoming weeks. Crews have now begun construction on the next block. The full project on Chaparral is expected to be completed by the end of September.
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