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Locals propose a canal for land under Harbor Bridge

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Now that the current Harbor Bridge is being torn down and the new bridge relocating, many are asking what will happen to that area.  Two local businessmen have an idea for the city.

Greg Perkes and Ron Benavides of Perkes Works want the city, Nueces County and CCRTA to fund a feasibility study and and fund the project that they believe will make Corpus Christi a top destination in Texas.

They've proposed an attraction similar to San Antonio's Riverwalk.  The ideas is to build a canal through the SEA District, creating "SEAtown."

"It would become a waterway with a lot of landscaping, lot of sidewalks, a lot of inter-connectivity; something we desperately need," explains Perkes

The project involves some 45 acres of publicly owned land.  Perkes Works, along with partners Ideas Media & Experience Design, Integrated Insight Inc., and Exline Architecture are asking for a total of $100,000 for a study to see what money is available to fund the project and to gauge public interest.

The foundation for the canal would be the ridge which is going to be dug into the ground below the Harbor Bridge before it is demolished.

Perkes believes the public will support his plan.

“They want something like this, they've wanted something like this for a long time,” said Perkes.  “They have not known how to put it together, we have brought the ingredients to bring it together.”

Perkes believes they have enough votes on the city council, County Commissioners Court and RTA board to fund their study.  He's hopes to have approval from all three by the end of February.

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