The Galveston Housing Authority has announced its plans to rebuild some of the 569 public housing units devastated in Hurricane Ike three years ago. Under federal regulations, only half of the destroyed units can be rebuilt.
The proposal includes “40 public housing units at The Oaks IV completed earlier this year, a minimum of 50 scattered sites and a mixed-income community of public housing, tax-credit and market rate units,” The Galveston County Daily News reported.
According to the Houston Business Journal, the controversial mixed-income community has some residents concerned about what its effect will be on the local housing market.
Galveston Housing Authority representatives and the master developer of the proposed blended community will meet with residents at a community workshop today to discuss the plans.
“We received a great deal of feedback and important information from community residents during our community workshops in September, and have been working to incorporate that feedback into the development and human capital plans,” Vince Bennett, chief operating officer of master developer McCormack Baron Salazar, told The Galveston County Daily News.
The workshop goes from 6-8 p.m. today at Island Community Center on 4700 Broadway in Galveston. Refreshments and a children’s play area will be provided.