Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Oct. 4, talked briefly about the Request for Proposal (RFP) sent out seeking proposals for the district’s Rockport Harborfront Property (south end of the now vacant waterfront property), as well as its property next to Rockport Harbor where the Rockport Center for the Arts (RCA) was located, prior to Hurricane Harvey.
(Note: Discussion was limited because this topic was brought up during reports. It was not an agenda item.)
Commissioner Tommy Moore said the ACND received a few semi-serious responses.
“The proposals were like what we thought we’d get (a hotel, with retail),” said Moore. “I think we need to keep up preparing the property (bulkhead, etc.).”
Wade Greene, the district’s real estate consultant, said one proposal is being reworked, looking at the economics.
“One of the positive aspects is there is interest in a hotel,” he said. “There’s also some interest in a marina project.”
The RFP’s details were not discussed.
Commissioner Judy Vlasek said she wants to discuss the proposals at a future meeting.
March 8 meeting
Commissioners approved seeking RFPs at their March 8 meeting.
At that meeting Harbor Master Keith Barrett said he hoped to get a lease for the former RCA site that is at least equivalent to what the district receives from Paradise Key in Cove Harbor.
Greene suggested at that time setting the minimum at around $55,000 per year for the old RCA site.
“These are two very special properties,” he said, referring to the old RCA site, and the ACND’s Rockport Harborfront site.
Commissioners set a $55,000 minimum annual lease for the old RCA site. There was no minimum attached for the district’s Rockport Harborfront property.