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Advocate (Newspaper) - December 8, 1964, Victoria, Texas Million Hotel-Office Building Slated for City By, HENHY WOLFF JR. Advocate Stuff Writer Plans to construct a 12 to 14- story combination '''high rise" Motor note) and off ice'building in downtown Victoria at a cost in excess of were an- nounced Mond ay by Alvin Site- mah, president of The Silement Organization of St. Louis, Mo., a real estate development and management corporation. During a meeting with repre- sentativevs of the Chamber of Commerce and the press at the Victoria House, Silcman and Charles M. Kingan of Houston, the cor portion's Gulf Coast leasing and management direc- tor, disclosed that three-fourths of a city block hounded by Main, Goodwwln, Liberty and Com- mercial streets )s being-pur- chased for the project. The acquisition, of the down- town property Includes two par- cels of land.- A half-block is be- ing acquired from the First Presbyterian Church and in- cludes the church, maze, church school1 and auditorium, and thi second parcel, a quarter-block, from Mrs. J. J. Stafford of Houston. A Main Street service station now stands on the sec- ond parcel.. In making the announcement, Siteman stated architectural and engineering studies will proceed immediately. The; proposed building, much taller than any existing structure in Victoria, will combine 135 hotel units with approximately square feet of office space and a multi-level parking garage. Plans Include a major portion of street level space for retail fecilities, as well as some base- ment facilities. Most of these will complement Ihe operation of the hotel-office building. 1 He further staled that con- struction will be: underway in late 1965 with completion an- ticipated in 1966. Hotel facilities will include ballroom and convention space, a restaurant and swimming pool, Siteman said. It has not been determined if the hotel will be operated by his cor- poration or through a' tie-in with other hotels. The Sileman Organization is a fully integrated real estate development company which owns, leases and manages its own properties, "This policy of ownership- management creates the op- portunity to offer tenants great- er efficiency and a high level of personalized Kingan noted. "We seek and find well- located sites for commercial de- velopment and proceed to de- velop them from concept to de- sign to construction to manage- ment." Kingan, a vice-president of the organization, handled nego- tiations for the local site and conducted an extensive market research of the greater Victoria area. He stated, "The studies have been made over a three-year period, during which'time the area has undergone remarkable changes. Business and civic leaders have shouldered the usual problems confronting a city on the move, and the peo- ple in this rapidly growing city have shown their confidence in its future. "We are proud to be a part of Its growth." Siteman said a primary fac- tor in deciding to locate here is "Victoria's potential for fu-lure: growth." "However, we feel the city has arrived as it is and that It is healthy 'today. H is centrally located and the hub of a wide area.' "There is really a beautiful trading area here." Kingan said, "We are quite pleased to have been able to acquire this downtown location. "We wanted' the project to be on Main Street." During their studies, Kingan said the organization with the way Victoria bad prospered following the closing of Foster Field, V Sileman said the Victoria Barge Canal, the industrial and trade potential, traffic and many olher factors were found fu-, vorable. Tho Siteman Corporation's plans were enthusiastically received by Chamber of Commerce officials. Robert R, Martin, president, said an excellent hotel and new office facilities will be an aid in development (Sec HOTEL, Page THE VICTORIA ADVOCATE 119th 215 TELEPHONE HI 5-1451 .VICTORIA. TEXAS, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1964 Established 1M9 24 Cents High Court To Take Up Estes Case TV Coin plaint Due Hearing WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear Billie Sol Estes' com- plaint that "a forest" of televi- sion cameras covering his swin- dling trial, despite his protests, violated his rights. The justices, in unanimously deciding to take up the sensa- tional case, made it clear that they do not intend, at this time, to consider Hie financial mani- pulation of the Texam. However, Estes' central grounds for asking reversal of his conviction in slate court in Tyler, Tex., in J9fi2 revolves about complaints that "all out" publicity, including live TV broadcasts, swayed the jurors. He received an eight-year pris- on sentence. Argument The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, unanimously upholding Estes' conviction, rejected his argument Iliat Canon 28 of the judicial; ethics of the Texas State Bar was applied, whereas the ruling factor should have been Canon 35 of the judicial ethics of the American Bar As- sociation. This alleged conflict is the question that will be con- sidered, the 'supreme court's brief order said. Canon 35 says: 'The taking of photographs in the courtroom, during sessions of the court or recesses between sessions of the court, and the broadcasting or televising of court proceedings distract participants and wit- nesses in giving testimony, and create misconceptions wlh re- spect thereto in the mind of the public and should not be permit- City To Ballot Today On 2 Bond Proposals Bloomington Due Church Bid School Survey ted. 'May DUIracl' Canon 28 says: "The taking of photographs in the courtroom, during sessions of the court of recesses between sessions, and the broadcasting or televising of court procfiedings...may detract from the essential dignity of the proceedings, detract partici- pants and witnesses In giving and create miscon- ceptions with respect thereto in the mind of the public." However, the Texas car says this may not happen supervised and and says the decision "shall be left to the trial judge who has the inherent power to exclude or control coverage, in the proper case in the interest of justice." Canon US includes a declara- tion of principle that "no wit- ness, over his expressed objec- tion, should be photographed, (See COURT, Page 8) By B.UCE PATTON Advocate Staff Writer First- steps toward a long, program to enlarge faci- ities of the Bloomington Inde- pendent School District were aken Monday night by the board of Education when its members voted unanimously to nvile a division of the Texas Education Association to make survey, and report results of ts study to the board. The action came toward the end'of a board meeting during which board members heard Supt. Paul J. Lewis discuss cur- Mrs. John Hilschcr and Mrs. Rawley Hciuel offering a solu- tion for defrosting frozen deer Grandmother, Mrs. meal Tom Beck, and mother, Mrs. Lois Wngncr, just about as proud of Mike Wagner as his fa- ther was, after Mike age 11, bagged his first deer on thefr lease in Goliad H. G, Anger- stein deciding that people who don't cat game, don't realize how many different kinds there are and what they missing Miss ISerthg Jeckcr admitting she misses all her friends and extending greetings as she sees them Mrs. Strieber managing fo combine lunch hour with a trip to the beauty par- lor Vincent Ruiz standing on the inside out of the cold and looking out A. J. Car- ter explaining thnt he was pac- ing the floor for warmth and not for impatience .Mrs. Walter Hlgglit; Jr., Cynthia and Susan returning to Houston after weekend with Mr. anil Sirs. W S. Kiggins Lone Tree Home Demonstration Club canceling ils luncheon meeting sehed uled for Dec. 10 due to Juries of one of ils members Mrs. LaVerne. Blanchl, who is in Corpus Christl Hospital after! an automobile wreck. 1 DISCUSS BUILDING PLANS Al- vin Siteman, seated at right, presi- dent of the Siteman Organization of St. Louis, Mo., discusses plans of his corporation to build a 12 to 14-story hotel and office structure' in down- town Victoria with Robert R. Martin, also seated, president of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, and stand- ing, left to right, Ben Ritterskamp, chamber manager, and Charles M. Kingan, vice-president of. the corpo- ration in charge oE leasing and prop- erties for the Gulf Coast area, vocate Photo) Bloomington High; School, jlan which would permit joint Jse of both schools of such faci- ities as the cafeteria; erection of a band hall, which the high school does not now have; mov- ing of the football stadium to She high school site, construc- tion of dressing rooms for the physical education program as well as the stadium; an en- closed swimming.pool for year round use; and the drilling of a deep water well. The voting of the invitation to the TEA group was the only action'taken toward the pro- for expansion. Principal points of a plan out- ined by Lewis include the erec- :ion of an elementary-junior ligh school on the campus of the Last-Minnte Plea Issued for UF Officials of r the Victoria bounty United Fund issued a ast minute pica Monday for all campaign workers to re- their gift cards before Wednesday noon when the final report will be made. Also, anyone who would like !o conlribute, but has not been contacted, is asked to call the Jniled Fund office and a work- er or a member of the Victoria ?olicc Department will pick up lie contribution or pledge. Ken Nathan, campaign chair- man, said only a few dollars is needed to reach the goal and make the drive a success. "Wo especially want to urge em- 'For all firms to tura in their )Ioye Nathan said, he first time in three years, ve have a chance to make our goal before the final day of the campaign." Chuckle "I'm very said Ihe personnel manager, "but If I let you lake two hours oil for lunch today, I'd have to do the same tor every other employe whose wire gave birth to quadruplets." SHOPPING DAYS Till TILL CHKlilMAi rent conditions, and some pro- expansion. But Lewis told Dosed nlans for exnansion. hoard members "that we must be thinking now of what we can put into operation' in Septem- ber, 1966." Prior to discussing his .pro- posals, LewisWent over each of Ihe schools, pointed out the needs of each. He noted thai Placedo Elementally School currently poses the most seri- ous problems. Construction of additional rest rooms at the school was voted by school trus- tees at a called board meeting on Nov. 16. The rest rooms are being conslrucled by snhool per- sonnel in order to keep costs as low as possible. A textbook committee was appointed to make recom mendalions. The committee wil (See SURVEY, Page 8> Gall on New Plant Near The First Presbyterian Church, which is selling its downtown properly Id The Still- nan Organization for use as a lolel-office building site, plans to ask for bids shortly after the first of the year on new church facilities to be constructed on property it owns In the 2400 block of Navarro Street. William S. )Fly, chair- man of the church building com- mittee, said "We hope to have our final meeting Dec. 18 to prepare contract documents for the new church." He said an option agreement with The Sitematr Organization gives the church the right to remove stained glass, furnish ings and other "personal items' from the church's existing facili- ties. Officials of the real estate de- velopment and managemen corporation announced Monday they plan to begin constructioi of a 12 to 14 story hold am office building late next year The Rev. John Newton, pastor proximately 4Vz acres will about 300 feet fronting on Na yarro. A complete church plan including sanctuary, fellowshi[ hall, educational building and other facilities is planned. The church has owned the Na varro Street property for "quiti a few Fly said. War Consultations Begun On Viet Nam Battle Plan City Police Applauded, Criticized Council Hears Other Protests By TOM E. FITE Advocate Starr Writer City police received bouquels md brickbats in separate por- ions of City Council meeting Monday afternoon, both coming as unscheduled Hems on the iricf agenda. At the beginning of the mcel- ng Mayor Kemper Williams Jr. read a letter from Sgt. G. J. latlhews of the Texas Highway "atrol commending two officers or coming speedily "and un- selfishly" to the aid of a state ifficer. The letlcr read to council stated that Patrolman Buddy slopped sub- ect who had a'shotgun in his wssession and was threatening o Use but conditions were .uch that Means could radio for aid. Immediate Response Police Lt. Marcus Wilden and 3atrolman Raymond Sibert re- sponded immediately, the letter continued, and made possible he disarming of the subject. Commenting on the letter, Mayor Williams said "I think this points up" Ihe need for co- operation between law enforce- ment agencies and "the efficient police service we are getting." The brickbats came from Red Long, a frequent critic of the city. Long asked to be heard at the end of the meeting and, at firs complained about city employes taking city vehicles home with them, to which City Manager John Lee and Williams repliec that many city employes are on 24-hour call seven days a week. Fringe Benefit Long replied that he has seen city employes, in city vehicles "delivering their kids to schoo and parked at beer joints" an< other places such as cafes anc motion picture theaters at night Williams replied that the ve AN EDITORIAL of the church, said it has ap- hides may be used for persona City Growth No Accident Our fair city has experienced a steady and orderly growth during the past two decades, with the exception of the year when Foster AFB was closed. A few predicted at that time, the old town woiitii never recover. Such a foolish thought. They just didn't know (he (rue spirit of Victoria. The outlook for the next decade is even bright- er. Already in the mill for next year is the sched- uled completion, of the Victoria barge canal and ihe deep-waler port at Port Lavaca. Such important construction plans have already been announced for next year and biggest was the announcement Monday that a three million dollar hotel and office building would be constructed. H is no accident that these things take place. The folks who are to build the hotel and office building are strangers to us. They come from an- other part of the country. But they have1 looked us over and they like what they sec. They are willing IpL spend; Jhejr money to help develop .Victoria, Others will come. It is not unreasonable to say .that Victoria has been a little slow in the past by dragging its feet on municipal, county and school improvements. But we are gradually catching up and we must stay ahead. If folks from other parts have confi- dence enough in us (o spend large sums in local im- provements, we should do our part (o provide flic governmental improvements that are necessary. Today we have the opportunity of approving bonds to continue the street improvement program and building a muchly needed city hall. Let us cast a vote of confidence in the future'of Victoria by ap- proving these bonds. Where To Vote Pel. Box Location SAIGON, Viet Nam