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Corpus Christi to Vote on Historic Uptown Building

Renovations could begin soon on the old H-E-B building on Upper Broadway in Corpus Christi. New owner Lynn Frazier is asking for TIRZ money, which the City Council is set to discuss in an Oct. 27 meeting. Photo by Carrie Robertson Meyer/Third Coast Photo

Lynn Frazier is asking the Corpus Christi City Council for a $520,000 reimbursement through the downtown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone to help renovate the old H-E-B building at Buffalo and North Upper Broadway streets. A vote on the request is scheduled for the City Council meeting Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The owner of Fajitaville, Frazier is a North Beach resident and developer. He is the fifth owner of the building, which served as the H-E-B headquarters from its completion in 1953 until the grocer moved to San Antonio in 1985. It has been empty ever since.

The $10.4 million renovation of the property includes a bar or lounge in the basement, retail and mixed-use space on the first floor, private offices on floors two and three, and event space on the roof.

If approved by the council, Frazier said construction could begin soon. His goal is to have the building operational by this time next year. He bought the property from the Ed Rachel Foundation and announced his plans this time last year.

While the interior will be modern, comfortable, and functional, the exterior will retain its distinctive green and pink facade. The building is located at 807 N. Upper Broadway, which is also the name of the company under which it was purchased: 807 N. Upper Broadway, LLC.

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