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what to do with the building.
Most recently there was a proposition to convert it into a swim center. But the most vocal have been those who just want the building demolished.  The fact that the building is considered prime real estate gives rise to the usual question regarding personal interests, since at least one person on the Council, Mayor Joe Adame, makes his living buying and selling real estate.  


But there are other options still available. In a full-page open letter to City Manager Angel Escobar printed in the Caller Times on February 28, 2010, Mark Wolfe, the Executive Director of the Texas Historical Commission offers that the Commission has completed a review and finds that Memorial Coliseum is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and worthy of preservation under multiple categories: its recreational, cultural, social and historical value and for its unique architecture. 

The Historical Commission strongly supports rehabilitation of the building and offers assistance and help with competitive grants from the Texas Preservation Trust Fund. No one expects a response from the City Manager. 


“It just really saddens me to see the Coliseum demolished,” said conjunto artist Linda Escobar.  “I have many memories of great dances and concerts presented there: Antonio Aguilar shows; dances of the Domingo Peña era, when the entrance from the Exposition Hall to the Coliseum was open to both venues; radio station KUNO Mother's day events; my Dad's tribute dance with Flaco Jimenez in 1987; the Veteran's Tribute event with Johnny Canales; and performances by so many great artists from Mexico.  It's a darn shame to just drop it all to the ground. I know my father (conjunto legend Eligio Escobar) would be very sad to see it gone. Darn Corpus Christi Conservatives have NO HEART,” she said.


Many Corpus Christi residents feel strongly that demolition is not an option.

The Coliseum can, and should be profitable and a resource for the people of Corpus Christi.  It’s time we ask ourselves whether this is just another 50 year old building that needs to be scrapped to make way for progress, or are we the type of people who value our culture and history and mean it when we say that we honor those who placed themselves in harms way in our defense. 

Incidentally, Council members Chesney and Leal voted against the demolition.  Mayor Adame and council members Kieschnick, Marez, Adler, Elizondo, Scott and Martinez voted to proceed with the demolition



 

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