One man who has lived for eight years in one of the apartments there said he expects to be on the street by March 1.
“Everything they said was not true,” he said last week. He explained that Beeville Housing Authority tenants at the complex were told that someone would meet with them and help them find alternative housing during the construction phase of the project. Then those tenants who were displaced would be allowed to move back.
Adrian Iglesias, president of QCT Properties Corp. of Austin, said tenants who are concerned because no one has contacted them yet about assistance in finding temporary residence, are being premature in their concern.
“We have not set a date for the relocation,” Iglesias said.
But he assured anyone who is concerned that no one will have to move by March 1.
“Our management company is in the process of organizing a resident meeting in conjunction with the housing authority to inform the resident on potential dates,” Iglesias said.
Roland Broussard, vice president of Realtex Housing Management, is in charge of assisting residents in finding a place to stay.
Iglesias said he believes relocation of tenants at the complex currently is scheduled to begin, at the earliest, on May 15 or later.
The company president has said before that every effort will be made to assist current tenants in finding temporary housing and that they will be allowed to move back once construction on the project is completed.
Iglesias also said he expects only about half of the residents will be relocated at a time.
The concerned resident said he is still concerned about having to reapply for a unit at the facility. He said he has a disability, and his income qualifies him for a rent of slightly less than $200 a month.
The tenant said his main concern is the high rents Beeville residents are paying now that property is so hard to find.
He said one apartment complex quoted him a monthly rental rate of $700 for a one-bedroom unit. An efficiency apartment in the same complex was $500 a month.
“I can’t afford that,” the resident said.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.