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City chooses Jacobs Engineering Group for Cole Park project

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Posted at 4:56 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 22:16:32-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The city has already made the first step in the Cole Park Pier Renovation project.

Today, City Manager Peter Zanoni announced the selection of Jacobs Engineering Group for the Cole Park Pier renovations.

The firm was chosen because they already work on the port, so they are familiar with the area and what's needed to build the pier.

Zanoni said they also had the best timeline for completing the project.

Initial funding will come from the voter-approved 2018 bond program.

Meanwhile, Corpus Christi City Councilwoman Paulette Guajardo is expected to ask the group to add green underwater lights, water and shade at the cleaning stations and trash cans.

Developers expect the project to be finished in two years.

The original, 1,500-foot pier at Cole Park was built back in the 1930's.

It was heavily damaged by a hurricane in 1945 and the city demolished the remaining portions of the pier in 1946.

The city removed what was left in 1946.

When the pier was eventually rebuilt in the 1970's, it was only 500 feet long.

And that was the structure that was pounded by Hurricane Harvey just a couple of years ago.