GALVESTON

Budget constraints might stall efforts by the city to buy a 26.3-acre tract near Scholes International Airport in a bid to encourage development of middle-income housing, officials said.

Keri Heath: 409-683-5241; keri.heath@galvnews.com or on Twitter @HeathKeri.

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David Schuler

The city has absolutely no business attempting to act as a developer by buying land for 'middle income' housing; they have neither the expertise nor the sufficiently deep pockets to make this work. In place of this, they ought to spend the equivalent in dollars and energy to develop practical, worktable and testable programs the result in repair and renovation to the thousands of middle-class homes between 25th and 61st. You know, the ones already protected by the seawall, the ones that will benefit from the now-flowing millions of drainage-improvement dollars, the ones with true character, the ones that used to host Galveston's thriving middle-class - and could again.

Patricia Walker

I would love to see more of the homes you described renovated.

Bailey Jones

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Don Schlessinger

How long would these homes be "middle class"? The way Galveston increases property taxes these new homeowners wouldn't be able to afford living there more than just a few years. Also, building homes so close to an airport will be a built-in source of noise complaints. Were are lucky the city can't afford to make this deal.

Don Schlessinger

OOPS, We are lucky the city can't afford to make this deal.

David Schuler

Absolutely agree. If they intended to build single-family brick-on-slab construction, these are readily available across the causeway in droves. People who move to Galveston (crazy as it might seem) are looking for something more unique, more interesting, most 'Galveston'. And one-story cookie cutter homes ain't it. Besides, as you point out, what's to keep investors from buying them and leasing them or flipping them for profit? Was the city planning to add deed restrictions on sales? Then it's all headed for Section 8. Maybe we should specifically thank the Police and Fire departments for this turn of good fortune!

Jack Reeves

I think David is right. Why not focus on the "mid-city" portion of Galveston. If they could renovate or finance the renovation of the fine middle class homes with character and offer some sort of tax deferment or exception to the folks who agreed to "purchase" a home, more income could be derived from derived from permanent residents who stayed home and spend their money in their own neighborhood.

Building more cookie cutter neighborhoods which eventually go Section 8, is not the answer.

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