Family friendly food court to replace old bus station

The old Greyhound Bus Station on North Chaparral and Starr streets is getting a new life. Soon to be renovated into a bar and food truck court, the location will be family- and dog-friendly, featuring yard games and a patio bar. Photo by Suzanne Freeman
By Suzanne Freeman

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January 30, 2017
Left lonely and abandoned, the old Greyhound bus station is nothing more than an eyesore in downtown Corpus Christi.

But eyesore, no more! Plans to renovate the site to become a family- and dog-friendly food truck court were presented at a Jan. 24 meeting to the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #3 Board, which oversees downtown programs. The board approved a $100,000 for improvements to the site as part of its revitalization powers.

BUS, or Bar Under the Sun, will be developed by Ben Lomax, the 30-year-old son of downtown businessman Brad Lomax, who owns the Executive Surf Club and Waterstreet Market properties. The $940,000 investment would turn the building at 702 N. Chaparral St. into a patio bar while making room outside for up to four food trucks. Yard games and pet-friendly areas would be available.

The food truck park should open in the fall, Lomax told the board, which will need to approve the agreement at another meeting before it is final. The funding granted is part of the city’s tax increment funding zone, or TIRZ funds. It can only be spent to encourage downtown development.

Greyhound moved its operation to the new Regional Transit Authority headquarters on South Staples Street in uptown last year.

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