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Fajitaville Owner Buys H-E-B Building in Corpus Christi

The old H-E-B building on Upper Broadway in Corpus Christi might soon be home to a coffee shop, retail businesses, and office space. It was recently purchased by Lynn Frazier, owner of Fajitaville in North Beach. Photo by Carrie R Meyer/Third Coast Photo

The owner of Fajitaville in North Beach Corpus Christi recently purchased the old H-E-B office building in Uptown with plans for a coffee shop, retail businesses, office space, and a rooftop events venue. Lynn Frazier purchased the vintage 1953 building from the Ed Rachel Foundation. It has sat vacant since H-E-B moved its headquarters to San Antonio 35 years ago.

The building is on the Corpus Christi City Council’s agenda for Tuesday, September 17. Frazier is asking for a $520,000 reimbursement through the downtown tax increment reinvestment zone for his proposed $10.4 million project.

Frazier is not the first developer with big plans for the old building. Lester E. Culpepper purchased the building in 2000. Orion Drilling Co. of Corpus Christi purchased it in 2015 with plans to use it for office space. It, like many other historic buildings in the city, ended up in the hands of the Ed Rachel Foundation.

Frazier is the fifth owner since H-E-B packed up and moved north. He purchased the property, which is appraised at $939,327, as 807 N. Upper Broadway, LLC.

Work should begin in October, according to Frazier, who plans to move his own offices into the third floor and rent out office space on the second floor to other businesses. He also plans a modern interior while retaining the historic art deco exterior. The project should be open within a year of groundbreaking.

Along with partner Jeff Blackard, Frazier also has big plans for North Beach. The two are working to develop a canal through the area to mitigate flooding but also to boost retail and residential development.

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