Corpus Christi RTA seeks developer to restore Kleberg bank building
Featured Photo: The north elevation of the Kleberg Bank Building at 4211 Ayers Street, viewed from the northwest corner. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Corpus Christi (Nueces County) – The city’s public transport company is looking for a promoter who would be willing to acquire and redevelop the Bank Kleberg building, considered to be a historically important structure.
In November, the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority issued a request for proposals for the “purchase, restoration and reallocation” of the building.
Built in 1969, the building was once the flagship location of the bank. It was sold to CCRTA in 2017. At the time, CCRTA was planning to demolish the building to make way for a new bus station, but admiration for its distinctive mid-century architecture spared it the wrecking ball. .
There is a request for information period which started on December 1 and will continue until May 1, 2022. During this period, visits and inspections can be arranged by appointment.
Stakeholder proposals are due May 4, 2022, and the CCTA Board of Directors has tentatively scheduled June 1 as the date for awarding a contract based on the preferred proposal.
Located at 4211 Ayers Street, the two-story Kleberg Bank Building has a net area of nearly 28,000 square feet. It is located on a 3 acre triangular lot just north of the intersection of South Port Avenue and Ayers Street.
The building includes the adjoining auto bank. Along with the land on which the facilities are located, immediately east of the new CCTRA transfer station being built by CCRTA.
The real estate interests to be transferred with the building will include driveway access to South Port Avenue and Ayers Street and pedestrian access to the
According to the Texas Historical Commission, the building is eligible for historic designation on the National Register of Historic Places for the purposes of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Therefore, the evaluation of the proposals received must include a priority for the historic preservation of the exterior of the building and the conservation of its distinctive architectural elements.
“CCRTA would favorably consider the inclusion of the auto banking facility in the proposal, however, this is not a requirement of a proposal for the restoration and reallocation of the building,” states the RFP.
The new transfer station will replace the Port Ayers Transfer Station located at 4311 rue Ayers. As a facility located within 1,500 feet of the central point of the Port Ayers transfer station, the Kleberg Bank property will be considered part of a terminal station or complex.