Corpus Christi: 220-Acre Mixed-Use Development Planned by SPID-Crosstown Expressway Interchange
Feature Photo: A view of the Bohemian Colony project site, looking northwest from the Crosstown Expressway frontage near Holly Road. In this Spring 2019 Google Streets image, a portion of the property can be seen advertised for development, however, those plans have changed.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Corpus Christi (Nueces County) — A limited liability company that was formed Tuesday jumped out of the starting gate with a bang–announcing through a local television station plans for a 220-acre mixed-use development that would be located near Crosstown Expressway/South Padre Island Drive interchange.
KIII-TV reported on Monday, July 6, that a businessman based in Monterrey, Mexico is planning to develop a large tract of agricultural land that is bordered by the Crosstown Expressway to the east, Holly Road, Greenwood Drive, and Silverberry Drive.
The following day, that businessman, Roberto Santos Williams, formally registered BoCo Development Company LLC as a domestic limited liability company (LLC) with the state of Texas. BoCo stands for Bohemian Colony, the project’s name.
The Bohemian Colony master plan map inlaid into a Google Earth map.
Santos Williams has been in talks with District 3 Councilman Roland Barrera concerning how to proceed with the project. A presentation to the full City Council is anticipated to take place later this month or early August, according to a subsequent report in the Caller Times.
The developer wants to construct new public roads through the project site that would connect Greenwood to the Crosstown Expressway frontage road, and Silverberry Drive to Holly Road. Silverberry Drive separates the Walmart Supercenter from the AMC Corpus Christi 16 theater; Santos Williams also want to widen Silverberry Drive.
A master plan that was unveiled this week describes a project that would roll out in four phases. Phase I would involve construction of a 550-unit apartment community on 28 acres on a tract directly behind (south of) the Walmart.
Phase II would involve construction of another 520 apartments on 26 acres on a tract behind the AMC theater, and the construction of 145 townhomes on a 19 acres tract west of the Phase I multifamily project. There would also be a 10-acre park between the two apartment communities.
Phase III would bring 490 townhome units to a 57-acre tract northeast of the Greenwood and Holly intersection.
A large commercial retail center has been placed in the master plan at the northwest corner of Holly and the Crosstown Expressway frontage. The retail center could have as much as 455,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space, however, it’s unclear when this section would be developed.
At maturity, the master plan proposes 1,000 apartment units, and 777 townhomes that would be priced under $200,000 each.
Santos Williams chose the name Bohemian Colony to honor Stanley Kostoryz, the 19th century Czech newspaper publisher and land developer who at one time owned more than 10,000 acres in or near Corpus Christi. Kostoryz traveled the United States scouting locations where he could help settle Czech immigrants. His development in Corpus Christi was named Bohemian Colony Farms.
Santos Williams anticipated the project will take about 12 years to complete. VBX will follow this development at Project ID 2020-51B5.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.