The Galveston Housing Authority is going to have no role in the construction of public housing on scattered sites in Galveston. None.
That point was clear in court documents filed in the Galveston Open Government Project’s lawsuit aimed at blocking the construction of mixed-income developments in Galveston.
Both the state and federal governments have a stake in replacing public-housing units destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Some of those units would be in mixed-income developments that are to be built on the sites of two old housing projects that were wrecked by the storm.
Jorge Ramirez, senior director of the General Land Office’s Disaster Recovery Division, said in an affidavit that the state agency had hired a consulting firm to plan for 384 scattered sites in Galveston.
In May, the state agency plans to procure a developer to build those units. If the Galveston Open Government Project is successful in blocking the mixed-income developments, the General Land Office will have to give the consulting firm more time to plan to build all 529 units on scattered sites in Galveston, Ramirez said.
That court document is about as complete an account of what is planned as has appeared in the public record.
To recap, the key players are the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the General Land Office, a consulting firm and a developer.
The Galveston Housing Authority has no role.