With the new Harbor Bridge construction underway, homeowners, landlords, neighborhood businesses or churches in the Hillcrest and Washington-Coles area have a big decision to make.
The deadline to express interest for the Voluntary Acquisition and Relocation Program is May 7th.
TxDOT partnered with the Port of Corpus Christi and the City to make this program happen; in response to a civil rights settlement filed by residents in the area where the new Harbor Bridge will be.
The process has drawn ire in the community. Pastor Jimmie Arceneaux from Hillcrest Church of Christ told KRIS he wasn’t happy about the situation.
Pastor Adam Carrington from the Brooks AME Worship Center in the Hillcrest area wants everyone in the area to be educated about what is going to happen. He is involved in the Citizens Alliance for Fairness and Progress to help people through the complicated process.
“It’s just an opportunity to take a look at the program, all of the options that are at hand, and then you can make a well-informed decision. Don’t listen to anybody else. Go and find out for yourself.” Carrington told us. “You’re the ones who own your homes or you’re a renter here in the community, so get all of the information first before you make a decision.”
As of a month ago, Del Richardson and Associates have confirmed 228 homes that have been assisted in relocation using the program and that 362 residents have expressed interest.
A representative from Del Richardson and Associates, Frank Jordan wants everyone to know that the deadline is by midnight on Tuesday and that they have a mailbox at the office at 2301 North Port Ave. Corpus Christi, Texas 78401.