The Corpus Christi, Texas property, which has been closed for four years, could be transformed into a major development project, complete with a shortened nine-hole golf course, clubhouse, tennis courts, upscale shops, and a European-style village built on 40 acres. Seventy-five percent of residents need to approve a change in the property’s deed restriction to allow development to move forward.
A development proposal could turn the Pharaoh Valley Golf Course in Corpus Christi, Texas into a major development project, complete with upscale shops and residential living, the Corpus Christi-based Kiii-TV reported.
This weekend, a developer from McKinney, Texas, presented a plan to residents who live around the golf course, which has remained unused and has become an eyesore since it closed four years ago, Kiii-TV reported.
A video rendering of the project was shown to residents during the meeting with developer Jeff Blackard. The plans call to revamp the 120-acre golf course by keeping nine out of the 18 holes, building a new clubhouse, and adding tennis courts. The project would also create an upscale European-style village including shops and condos built on 40 acres, which would surround a man-made lake, Kiii-TV reported.
Before moving forward, the developer would need 75% of residents who surround the property to approve a change to the deed restriction on that land that currently keeps it a golf course, Kiii-TV reported.
“He’s not actually asking for the deed restriction to be lifted on the entire facility, but just the part that he is actually developing, and that keeps the deed restriction on the nine holes of the golf course,” Councilwoman Colleen McIntyre said. “So just a modification on a portion of it. A lot of residents are in favor of that.”
“We had three rounds of applause during this. I have never seen such a positive response like that before, so it was really exciting,” said Jeanne Gardinar, president of the Neighborhood Association. “He is a man of integrity and it comes across that way, and the plan that he shows is something that is absolutely exciting.”
There are, of course, some residents who are opposed to the plans. Two neighbors have concerns about the traffic the development would create, Kiii-TV reported
Meanwhile, the Pharaoh Valley Neighborhood Association held a meeting to organize a committee to research what needs to be done for the developer to move forward with plans. If approved, it could take 10 years to compete the development. However, dredging on the lake and revamped golf course could begin as early as this summer, Kiii-TV reported.