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Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Calallen athletes will soon have a new place to pump iron, and it will double as a disaster dome for emergency operations.

The school district applied for permits this month to break ground on an approximately 56-acre lot along Wildcat Drive for its more than $4.8 million weight-training gymnasium and Federal Emergency Management Agency safety shelter.

"We're looking forward to completing it," Superintendent Artie Almendarez said. "Our sports programs have grown, and this will be a great asset to both our boys and girls programs."

It's the big money project last week - among 11 submitted to the city's Development Services Department that total about $6.6 million.

Others include two new construction plans for Bubba's 33, an 8,700-square-foot sports bar and American food restaurant at 1921 S. Padre Island Drive, and a $135,000 storage building for Jet Specialty Inc., an oil and gas fabrication operation in the 6900 block of Leopard Street.

The city also issued eight permits for other project work to begin, including for Tractor Supply to start building its $850,000 store at 2754 Saratoga Blvd., next to John Paul II High School; and pump rental business Rain For Rent's office building at 433 N. Navigation Blvd.

Others permits were issued for tenant finishing work at three Staples Street businesses, a Southside fitness center and other oil industry-related businesses.

Calallen's 20,289- square-foot dome will take about 11 months, said builder Glenn Buenger.

Calallen and Tuloso-Midway school districts, along with Del Mar College and the Corpus Christi International Airport, teamed with city officials in 2012 to seek federal grant funds through the Texas Safe Shelter Initiative for the construction of disaster shelters, to be used by first responders for emergency operations during a natural disaster, such as a hurricane.

For daily operations, the school's dome can be used as a gymnasium, auditorium, training facility or instructional space.

Other new development action last week includes remodeling projects for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile locations and for Jennings and Co. offices - a business billing and collection service - on Corona Street.

Two new additions were submitted, which include a more than $97,000 2,500-square-foot metal canopy for Super Commercial Properties on 44th Street; and a $79,940 storage addition for The Ark Assessment Center & Emergency Shelter for Youth on Leopard Street. 

Contributed rendering from Calallen ISD and RWS Architects, Houston It will take about 11 months to complete this about $4.8 million gymnasium and FEMA dome, which is being provided with the aid of federal grant funds through the Texas Safe Shelter Initiative.


August 26, 2014


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