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Council paves way for new west side development

Posted at 4:55 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 19:53:05-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A housing development, planned for the Molina area has residents excited about the future of the city’s west side.

The city council Tuesday approved a rezoning request for 39 acres along Navigation Blvd. That is the next step towards a new residential development on the west side, and residents are hopeful that residential development also means commercial development.

“Anything to help our area grow, I think that would be beneficial,”: said Janet Kearney.

Kearney is a life-long west side resident, and says it’s about time someone wanted to build on this side of town.

“Everything is mostly geared towards the South Side of town, everybody would like to live out that way, but nobody can afford that.,” said Kearney.

That desire for development also extends to the West Oso Independent School District.

“For our district to grow from a tax point of view and a student enrollment point of view, we’ve got to get new housing, new development, new neighborhoods,” said WOISD Superintendent Conrado Garcia.

Enter La Villa Hermosa: 277 affordable manufactured homes.

“There really isn’t anything out here for low income families,” said Kearney.

Adding more homes is great news for West Oso ISD, and Garcia says his district is ready for the new faces.

“La Villa Hermosa has the potential to be a great deal breaker for us,” said Garcia.

More homes means more tax revenue for the school district. While both Kearney’s children and grandchildren are grown, she’s excited what more resources could mean for her alma mater.

“We’re ready for that, we want our children to have the same education that other children have,” said Kearney.

There’s no official timetable for construction yet, but the development plan approved by the city is good for 24 months.