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Proposed Southside developments set for release on Thursday

London improvements
Posted at 6:20 PM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 09:59:12-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Some improvements could be coming to the Southside in the future.

Back in January, the city began asking residents in the Southside and London areas about the changes they would like to see.

Tomorrow, a meeting will be held, and residents in both areas will find out if any of their recommendations proposed to the city will come into fruition.

There's only two ways for Corpus Christi to grow - south of Yorktown Boulevard and into the London neighborhood.

Part of the proposed developments for the Southside include: improving infrastructure and adding bus stops, making improvements to Bill Witt City Park, promoting the Oso Creek and Bay as a staple in the community, and adding more entertainment options.

Marco Castillo, a Southside resident for more than a decade, is on board with the plan.

"It's those parts of town that are undeveloped that are starting to develop that are key for this plan," said Castillo. "The Southside wants what every community wants. They want to live, work and play. They want to be safe. They want to have good roads."

For the London area, residents don't want to lose the feel of their tight-knit community.

"We like the space, the neighbors are awesome, everyone is friendly, it's a good community," said Mary Jasso, a London resident.

But Jasso and other London neighbors do want to see some changes.

"Start pulling in the sidewalks now, start putting in the lights. Start addressing the traffic issue," she said.

For the London area, the plan includes residential development and improved drainage. Also in the mix is adding parks, trails and retail development.

Public security has not been forgotten. The police substation and the fire station are also in the plan.

The planning team will make changes and adjustments on the plan after Thursday's meeting.

Then, the proposals will go to the planning commission for recommendations. After that, it will be presented to City Council, which could happen in the next few months.

The meeting will be held Thursday night at the cafeteria at Kaffie Middle School, 5922 Brockhampton St.

There will be an open house at 5:30 p.m., and the project presentation will start at 6 p.m.

Anyone interested in looking at the plans, can view them here.