600 buildings sold in Corpus Christi

The 600 Building at 600 Leopard Street has incredible views of downtown Corpus Christi and the bay. It could soon be converted into apartments. Photo by Carrie Robertson Meyer / Photo of the Third Coast

By Suzanne Freeman

The sale of the 600 building in downtown Corpus Christi, first reported almost three years ago, has finally closed. Wisznia Architecture and Development of New Orleans bought the building after three years in negotiations. Marcel Wisznia is a former resident of Corpus Christi, whose architect father is responsible for the design of the neighboring Wells Fargo Tower and the Nueces County Courthouse, among other things.

The 600 building, designed as a business tower, will soon become a multi-family apartment complex with 131 residential units. No changes to the exterior are expected, which will be preserved in accordance with historical federal and state regulations.

The Texas Historical Commission put the building on its national register in 2016, the year Wisznia first announced its intention to buy. He must follow the regulations to qualify for tax credits awarded the project.

Tax Raising Reinvestment Zone # 3 granted $ 2.56 million in incentives to the project in 2016. The plan at the time was to start work seven months later, but the sale was never completed.

The $ 2.5 million from Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone # 3 is still available. The payout takes place over a period of 10 years and is based on higher property values ​​in the region.

The 600 building is the sixth tallest tower in Corpus Christi. The building’s 21 stories are 248 feet tall. It was built in 1963. Wisznia told reporters he plans to start working on the project this summer.

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