MAYOR NELDA MARTINEZ: STATE OF THE CITY

“Bold and Balanced Growth” is how Mayor Martinez described our Emerald City by the Bay, Corpus Christi – and she isn’t kidding. On the afternoon of February 6, 2014, at the American Bank Center, she touched on two major statistics that will hopefully make a big impact in the Real Estate realm this coming year.

Corpus Christi is one of the fastest growing metro economies in the United States coming in at No. 10 with a 3.8% increase in 2013 and a projected 3.1% increase for 2014. This is also due to a 4.3% rise in jobs. More people coming to Corpus = more buyers in the real estate market! Finally, the scale is tipping.

Mayor Martinez also pointed out that since 2010, there has been a housing rise of 19%. There has been a sizeable increase in new construction in Corpus, creating roughly 3,800 new jobs in 2013. Why would there be this kind of boom in new construction you ask? Because we want to be prepared for the economic growth that is expected. From 2012 to 2013, there was a 32% increase in new residential permits alone.

With that though, there has been a shortage of affordable housing. The city is attempting to change this by building some low-income housing, such as The Palms at Leopard, to accommodate 120 apartments, which broke ground Nov. 14, 2013, on Leopard Street. The goal is to offer a healthy mix of housing options throughout Corpus Christi, and to continue with neighborhood cleanups.

As for the Island, Schlitterbahn is projected to bring mass amounts of people to the park, increasing the growth and relevance of the island. Property values are expected to increase due to this exposure, and there will certainly be many more people looking to buy and rent around the island.

Onward and upward, Corpus Christi!

Parents Push Through Day 1 of Back to School Schedules

Many schedules changed Monday for students heading back to school as summer comes to an end. Now, parents are left with the chore of planning around the new agendas. Some parents in the coastal bend told us what items were topping their back to school “To-do” lists and how the school year affects their routines.

“Running late, having to make them breakfast every morning,” a mother of two said.

Adam Young, a father of 5 agreed, saying a hot meal is a good way to send off the students.

“Eggs, oatmeal the whole thing, we just make sure that they have a good hot breakfast usually, you know something not too high in sugar,” Young said.

Young says adjusting schedules is just one thing on the back to school list that most parents, he works out, with at Flex Fit 24/7 can agree on.

“I schedule around picking my kids up and dropping them off at school,” Bert Ramos said.

Marlene Pineda followed that with her early bird wake up call now that she is a mother of three, including twins.

“I’m up at 6 o’clock in the morning, just really getting them out the door and the twins along with the ride,” Pineda said.

Rides to school are accompanied with heavy traffic around campus, causing another hiccup in the morning commute that parents try to combat.

“I dropped my daughter off who just started preschool and it was chaotic, it was crazy,” Annalaura Perez, mother of two, said.

“The school zones, the traffic, the school traffic it’s horrible,” another mom said.

Young says, “If you get up early enough and get them there soon enough not too bad, that the trick.”

For some parents though, the real trick is getting the kids out of bed before they can get the wheels in motion.

“My son doesn’t like getting up in the morning,” one mom added.

Overall, parents are happy to be in the early stage of their post-summer agendas.

“I think it gives me a little bit more free time to kind of get to work, do more things, maybe get to work out,” Pineda said.

“Be able to run errands without having to pull two kids in and out of the car,” another parent added.

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