CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Downtown Corpus Christi continues to grow, attracting businesses and real estate. One of the many new housing complexes opened about six months ago, Studio44 Luxury Apartments, giving new residents easy access to downtown, right in their back yard.
"Location, location, location," is Richard Alexander's motto when he chose to live in Studio 44. "If you live in Corpus and you work in Corpus. This is a great place, a great area to live. It's very friendly, ya know, it's very laid back and casual."
Alexander has lived all over the state and lived in Corpus Christi for more than a decade before moving to Fort Worth. He remembers what the atmosphere was like downtown.
"it was just bars, it was just bars and really not very much night life ... at all," he said.
He recently moved back to Corpus Christi and was stunned to see new housing developments pop up in what used to be a secluded vacant area of town.
For Alexander, he's less than five minutes from work, and he enjoys the numerous food and activity options that downtown Corpus Christi offers.
Downtown Management District officials say there will be new housing developments taking place this year and into 2021.
"With more people living downtown, then it, it's just a snowball effect," DMD communication and events manager Jordan Michael said. "We'll start to see more entertainment, more restaurants, just more things for people to do in downtown, so we're really excited,"
Michael says that with the presence of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi now in the downtown area, it has helped bring in more businesses and traffic to the area.
"People are there, they're utilizing the building, they're utilizing what's around. So it just helps to draw more people to the area," Michael said.
The DMD says there will also be more murals and public artwork for people to see as the downtown area grows. Michael says community events, new restaurants and housing will help fuel Corpus Christi's downtown boom.