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Windsong resident gives up her fight
by Jason Collins
Feb 18, 2011 | 1345 views | 2 2 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hillary Pulliam has given up the fight to save Windsong Apartment.

But this is not a time for sadness for her. She is excited.

“They will have central air and heat, and washer and drier hookups,” Pulliam said in an enthusiastic tone.

About a week ago, Hillary and her husband, John, were ready to fight for their home and said so in the Feb. 9 edition of this paper.

Adrian Iglesias, with QCT Properties/Generation Housing Development, said that he was told of that story and immediately came to Beeville to talk to the residents and ease their fears.

“I drove there the next day from Austin,” he said, adding that he was able to quickly set up a meeting with the residents to curtail the spreading rumors. “I think about 15 residents showed up. They thought they were going to have move next month.”

Now, both Hillary and John are excited about the prospect of a new apartment complex.

“It sounds like it will be pretty good,” Hillary said, happy to no longer need the petition she had spent time writing and gathering signatures on to stop the demolition of the 70-year-old apartment complex.

Iglesias said that he told Hillary and the rest of the residents at last week’s meeting that they won’t have to move immediately.

“This is not a 100 percent sure thing we are going to do,” he said. “If we do have an approved deal, it would take until January to get our construction loan.

His company has a contract to purchase the existing, one-story apartment complex from Crockett Estates in the event that the project is awarded tax credits by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

Even then, the residents will be reimbursed $550 to $750 to move depending upon the number of bedrooms in their current apartment.

“Essentially we will pay for them to move out and we will help them find a place to live,” he said. “Then when the property is complete, we are offering for them to come back and we will pay for them to move back.”

Iglesias said that tearing down and building a new apartment complex from scratch will help improve this area, which sits immediately behind the H-E-B Food Store.

“I think we are doing the community a favor and those residents a favor,” he said. “These developments are really a steppingstone.”

Along with being a gated community, the complex will also offer after school programs for children, GED training, financial planning courses, health fairs and scholastic tutoring.

Rent will not only be based upon family size but income level and apartment size.

A two-bedroom, two-bath apartment, for those residents in the lowest income level, would cost $207 per month.

“It is just a very positive development,” he said. “It is definitely going to revitalize that whole area.”

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.
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Saltpork
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February 20, 2011
Nope, got his eye on a new World of Warcraft game just out at Wal-Mart.

Rebuild it, gate it, install central air and washer and dryer hookups. You get the same tenants back in and in six months it will look the same way it does now.
teacher123
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February 20, 2011
If they are only paying $207/month, maybe, just maybe he can buy a shirt!