Housing provider wants to renovate apartments

Marina Riker By Marina Riker

Feb. 4, 2018 at 9:51 p.m.
Updated Feb. 5, 2018 at 6 a.m.

A nonprofit housing provider wants to upgrade its affordable housing complex in Victoria, but wants the City Council's support first.

Ray Lucas of Prospera Housing Community Services said the nonprofit wants to renovate Fox Run Apartments, an affordable housing complex in Victoria that was damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Lucas said he plans to ask the council Tuesday to voice their support before he applies for a competitive funding program from the state.

"The insurance would cover some of the units," Lucas said. "But that's why we're asking for this resolution so we can go to the state and upgrade the whole project."

Fox Run has about 150 units, of which 19 are empty because they were damaged so badly, Lucas said. The apartment complex's insurance policy will cover some of the repairs, but wouldn't pay to renovate all units.

Soon, the nonprofit housing provider is hoping to apply for scarce tax credits to fund the repairs. If the nonprofit is awarded the credits from the state, it can sell them to get cash for the project.

"We would do a substantial renovation," Lucas said.

Also Tuesday, council members are:

Expected to hear an update on Riverside Golf Course, as well as a report on the financial impacts of Hurricane Harvey.

Scheduled to discuss a discrimination complaint brought by a former employee. In the complaint, the former employee alleges discrimination because of a disability, but the city says there wasn't discrimination.

The city attorney is asking the City Council to settle the claim to avoid the costs that come with lengthy legal fights. Thomas Gwosdz, the city attorney, said more information would be released once the City Council makes a decision.


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