Corpus Christi: Dual Hotel Development Proposed Next to Whataburger Field
Feature Illustration (above): Concept design of the dual Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites hotel being propose for construction in the SEA District. Source: City of Corpus Christi.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Corpus Christi (Nueces County) — A dual hotel development with 196 guestrooms is being proposed for construction on a surface parking lot that is directly south of Whataburger Field.
The city’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 3 board of directors were scheduled to consider a development agreement at their September 30 meeting, but the issue was pulled from the agenda, with no mention of when it will reappear.
An agreement should be forthcoming soon, however, if the city plans to stay with the timeline outlined by staff. While these deadlines may be changed, staff’s draft of the agreement states construction permits should be submitted by Nov. 30, and construction shall commence on or before March 1, 2021.
The completion deadline was put at Dec. 31, 2022. This is for a project with an estimated $41 million cost.
The agreement draft states the city will provide reimbursements for certain costs that may add up to $1,415,000. Actual reimbursements are to be based on actual costs incurred for eligible invoices.
This would be the first hotel to be located in the SEA District and visitors would be within walking distance of the baseball stadium, American Bank Center, museums, Heritage Park and the Port of Corpus Christi. The project site address is 701 E. Port Ave. and the lot has an area of 2.6 acres.
The developer is SEA District Hotel Group LP, which is based in Corpus Christi. The development group acquired the land in February, according to county records. The dual hotel would be a six-story combined Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites.
SEA District Hotel Group is led by Deven Bhakta, who is also president and chief executive officer of ZJZ Hospitality, which promotes this project as a “coming soon’ future facility on its website.
The proposed terms of the agreement also state that once SEA District Hotel Group obtains the certificate of occupancy, the city will reimburse them annually in an amount up to 75% of the property taxes paid on the improvements for a 10 year period.
The dual hotel concept design is described as being “artsy and industrial” in architectural style. It will include a ground level restaurant and bar with outdoor dining, a 5,000 square foot conference room, fitness room, and pool.
There will be rooftop amenities, including a bar/lounge, event space, fitness room and sustainable garden.
In order to prepare the site, excavation of previously dumped concrete and water and storm drain utilities must be installed. Off-street parking must be visually appealing and integrated with the building’s design.
Controlled access to parking will ensure adequate parking supply to guests even when events occur in the SEA District. Right of way sidewalks will be at least 10 feet wide.
Shade trees or shade structure and lighting along the sidewalk pathways will be provided. They must be spaces every 25 feet or less.
Conceptual floor plans illustrating the layout of the ground and rooftop floors. Source: City of Corpus Christi.
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.