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New businesses making presence known downtown

New businesses revitalizing downtown
Posted at 9:07 PM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-06 00:02:15-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The coronavirus has brought many challenges for several businesses which led to negative effects on downtown Corpus Christi.

Despite the global pandemic, new businesses are making their presence known, bringing new opportunities for the downtown area.

“COVID 19 has definitely had a negative impact on downtown,” said Alyssa Barrera Masson, executive director of the Downtown Management District.

Staff with the DMD say the ongoing health crisis has prompted a major slowdown for downtown businesses.

However, revitalization is still on the way.

The property manager of the Ronjo V Apartments located on Chaparral Street, Allen Roberts was able to show KRIS 6 News new models of their apartment units and much more -- all ready for move-in. Roberts says to get to this point took a lot of hard work.

“Finally we got the certificate of occupancy, which we are really excited about can’t wait to start moving people in,” he said.

Members of the District Management District say they are excited about new businesses like Muse Bistro on Starr Street because these businesses are occupying vacant buildings in the downtown area.

“These businesses are both reactivating vacant spaces so they will contribute to the revitalization of downtown,” Mason Barrera said, “because as we develop downtown what we want to eliminate is vacant buildings.”

Downtown staff says due to the ongoing pandemic many businesses had to modify their operations but are still hopeful for the future.

“Downtown Corpus Christi will continue to be the heart of the community," Barrera Mason said. "Corpus Christi and we will make a very strong comeback."