- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Nueces County commissioners are moving forward on the $700 million, 15-year plan to redevelop Conn Brown Harbor.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (https://bit.ly/1ERom40 ) reports that the project, dubbed Harbor Towne, seeks to transform the shrimping area into 90 acres of high-end waterfront homes, with large retailers, resort hotels and a restaurant row. An amusement park, public pavilions, an amphitheater and a Ferris wheel are also included in the plans.

Aransas Pass City Manager Sylvia Carrillo unveiled details of the plan to Nueces commissioners on Wednesday. The plan contracts Austin developer Hal Jones to complete the commercial development within 10 years, and the homes within 15 years.

“This is our chance to transform ourselves into a vacation destination,” Carrillo said.

City officials have called for development proposals before, but many never materialized due to a lack of funding. Carrillo said the Harbor Towne plan differs from previous concepts because it is privately funded, minimizing taxpayers’ exposure to financial risk.

Business owner Mike Moore says the plans are exciting.

“We’ve always been big supporters of the harbor being a lifestyle place, rather than an industrial place,” said the 65-year-old. “(The project is) going to be amazing for the area. What it will do for Aransas Pass is unbelievable.”

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Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, https://www.caller.com

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