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Downtown Corpus Christi advocates not concerned about Southside input meeting

Posted: 10:39 PM, Jan 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-25 23:39:53-05

Chris Valdovinos is a good example of the kind of Southside resident that has some Downtown Corpus Christi advocates concerned.

“I don’t come out to the downtown-area too much,” he said. “I pretty much stay over there on the Southside.”

Southside has been growing in popularity in recent years, and on Monday city leaders will take public opinion on that area and the London neighborhood. The idea is to make those areas even better by getting feedback from people who live, work, and shop there.

“We really want to hear from the community, because they’re the local experts,” Senior City Planner Keren Costanzo said.

The city will use the information they get from Monday’s meeting to update Southside and London’s area development plans. City leaders adopted an update to Downtown’s area development plan last spring. The Downtown Management District hopes it will help them reinvigorate that areas.

“Considering that 10% of the workforce and 23% of the hotel occupancy tax takes place in Downtown Corpus Christi, I definitely think it’s important that we invest in this area,” the DMD’s Communication and Events Manager Jordan Michael said.

The public input meeting runs from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of Kaffie Middle School. It’s a come and go event except for a presentation at 6:30.