City-owned land in Charlie's Pasture to be under microscope at workshop
The city council and the Planning and Zoning Commission will focus on a 67-acre tract of land the city owns on the Corpus Christi Ship Channel on Thursday, Sept. 14, when they meet in a workshop.
The tract became an item of contention two years ago when the city invited bids to develop it and developer Ralph Durden proposed a marina and condominium-hotelretail complex for the area.
That proposal failed in the face of massive opposition, but only after Durden had scaled down his project several times in presentations to the council.
Since then, several city council members have said the city must decide what to do with the land. A permit for a marina on the property was recently re-approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Last year, during a council goals workshop, city councilman Mike Hall asked, "If we decide not to do anything with it, should we turn it into a resource that we can use somewhere else?"
Councilman Bubba Jensen noted that the proposal included an alternate ferry landing and a road leading to it from State Hwy. 361.
"Whether people would accept a landing there or not, that road gives access to both that acreage and the (city nature preserve)," Jensen said.
(The road, part of Durden's proposal, was never approved.)
Then-councilman Mark Grosse consistently opposed developing any property beyond the borders of the tract because, he said, property had been condemned by the city for recreational use, and the so-called Charlie's Harbor project didn't fall under that umbrella.
The workshop will be open to the public but is not a public hearing and no public speeches are expected to be allowed. Because the matter is not expected to be an action item on the council's agenda, no action can come from the workshop.