Rededication of a Bayfront Attraction
On Monday, Mayor Nelda Martinez, City Council members, the Type A Board and City staff celebrated the recent renovation of Corpus Christi’s miradores. The ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the completion of the first of eight miradores.
Improvements include updating and repairing lighting, plumbing, painting and power washing. The restoration project started in June and is expected to be complete in October. It is the first large-scale improvement project the City has undertaken since the concrete gazebos were built more than 25 years ago.
The Miradores were originally constructed in October 1991 by city philanthropist Dusty Durrill through his Approval of use of Type A Seawall Sales Tax Funding Miradores Improvement Project community improvement foundation.
Miradores Restoration Project Fact Sheet
The project consisted of improvements to the eight Miradores located along the city’s Bayfront. The Type A Board initially approved a project on December 15, 2014, for limited repairs to the Miradores. After additional evaluations, the scope was expanded to best restore the Miradores including lighting and plumbing. The additional scope was approved by the Type A board on April 20, 2015 for a total cost of $371,692.02. In order to expedite construction and economize on funding, the project was performed through the City’s Job Order Contract (JOC) program by an approved JOC contractor. The Miradores were originally constructed in October 1991 by city philanthropist Dusty Durrill through his Approval of use of Type A Seawall Sales Tax Funding Miradores Improvement Project community improvement foundation. The eight pre-cast concrete gazebo structures were inspired by seaside resorts in Mexico, Morocco and Spain and have transformed the look of the city's waterfront. The structures are known as the Miradores del Mar and have been host to many family and community events throughout the years. This is the first large scale improvement project the city has undertaken on the structures since originally constructed.
Project Contractor: Barcom Construction, Inc.
Project Manager: Justin McComb
Project Timeline: 120 days
Construction Start: June 2015
Construction Completion: October 2015
Total Project Value: $371,692.02
* Miradores the Spanish name for the gazebo-like structures along the Corpus Christi Bayfront. Each of the eight Miradores commemorates the city's history.
* Retired developer Dusty Durrill, through the Devary Durrill Foundation, installed the miradores, which were dedicated in 1991. Durrill and the foundation also developed and funded La Mirador de la Flor, which was dedicated in 1997.
* The Type A fund began in 2002, after Corpus Christi voters approved dedicating 1/8 of a cent of sales tax collected toward economic development and job growth. Since then, the fund has increased the city’s tax base by more than $53,000,000.