|Corpus Christi, Texas, April 6, 2019- The countdown has begun for the May 7, 2019 deadline for all property owners, tenants, and businesses residing in the Hillcrest Washington – Coles Voluntary Acquisition and Relocation Project Area (“Project Area”) to provide written notification of their intent to participate in the project’s voluntary relocation program. If you owned property or lived in the Project Area on or before January 1, 2019, you may be eligible to receive relocation assistance and/or have your property acquired.
On December 17, 2015, the Port of Corpus Christi Authority of Neuces County (“Port”), the City of Corpus Christi, Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and the Corpus Christi Housing Authority entered into a Four Party Agreement to develop and implement a Voluntary Acquisition Program (“Program”) to mitigate a Civil Rights Compliant by two property owners in the Hillcrest-Coles neighborhood. The Program, which lasts for three-years, began on May 7, 2016 with an official notification from the Port to eligible property owners, expressing the Port’s interest in purchasing the owners’ property. As of April 2, 2019, 371 owners have expressed interest, 306 of the interested owners have met the eligibility requirements, and 225 of the owner eligible properties have been acquired; in addition, 142 occupants of the Project Area have expressed interest, and of those who have expressed interest, 124 have already received, either, monetary assistance to supplement the cost of rent in their new place, or money for the down payment to purchase a new home. “All property owners, tenants, and businesses residing in the Project Area are strongly encouraged to participate,” says Del Richardson, the CEO of Del Richardson & Associates, Inc. (DRA), the company managing the Voluntary Acquisition Program.
Interested parties within the Project Area may provide their intent to participate in the Program by contacting DRA in person or by mail at 2301 North Port Ave., Corpus Christi, TX 78401, or by email at DRA.CorpusChristi@drainc.com; eligibility may also be confirmed by email or by calling 361-232-5083. DRA office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30AM to 6:00PM; walk-ins welcome!
Del Richardson & Associates, Inc. is a national leader in federal relocation assistance. DRA’s professional consultants are extremely proud of more than a century of combined experience in providing quality right of way services, specializing in relocation assistance, public affairs, community engagement and outreach, environmental compliance and business solution services to public, private and non-profit agencies. DRA Inc. serves a national client base, with offices in California, Nevada, and Texas.