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Moving on up: City council OKs funds for new apartment complex

Rendering for the new Fish Pond Apartment Complex, located on Sixth Street between Hancock and Buford
Posted at 6:26 PM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 00:50:49-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Corpus Christi City Council has given preliminary approval for an investment in the Bayfront area.

Dozens of elderly, disabled and low-income residents currently living at the Sea Gulf Villa Apartments will have the opportunity to relocate to a new affordable housing development between Hancock and Buford streets.

The old Sea Gulf Villa apartments will be renovated into loft-style apartments.

Yesterday, City Council voted to use $500,000 on the development. But first, the fund transfer to help build the four-story apartment complex needs to pass a second vote.

Sea Gulf Villa Apartments is located on Chaparral Street, just over a mile away from where the proposed development will be built.

More than 100 tenants live at Sea Gulf VIlla, a building that originally opened as a hospital in 1928 and transformed into apartments in 1979.

Soon, residents like Shawn Anderson and Judy Russell, may have a new place to call home. KRIS 6 showed them renderings for the new complex today.

"(It's) just a new building, a new apartment inside and out, and it's going to be very nice," said Anderson. "It might be God that's blessing us with that new apartment. I'm not sure, or it's just pure luck."

The complex will be called Fish Pond Living, and will have 112 one-bedroom units, which will be larger than the current ones. There will also be parking spots, something Sea Gulf Villas doesn't have.

Plus, residents won't see an increase in their rents

"Wow," Russell said. "I mean it looks so nice and so modern. I'm ready for the boxes to start packing."

Construction on the new Fish Pond Complex is expected to be finished in a little more than just over two years. Residents may be able to move in around March 2022.

There's no timetable for the new apartments being built in the Sea Gulf Villa space.