M-1 Issue Paper for Condemnation and Relocation
Friday, March 14, 2008 6:24:45 PM
ISSUE / BRIEFING TOPIC
:In Del Rio, Texas, the M-1 segment (the only segment in Del Rio, Texas for PF-225) currently described as 2.36miles (previously 3.01 miles) by the Army Corp. of Engineers (ACE) has been realigned on several occasions andfor various reasons (the most current due to flood plain issues and to avoid impacting multiple residents).
:Realign the fence to meet operational objectives.Maintain positive relations with the City of Del Rio.No one lives south of the take line.
:PF225 project M-1 has 19 properties that are needed for the project, including one owned by the City of Del Rio(two of these 19 might be avoided under the new alignment). There are 17 buildings (houses, trailers, metalbuildings and travel trailers) on 9 properties between Frontera Rd. and the Rio Grande River. Of these 17buildings, 10 buildings are occupied by the owners or renters of the property (totaling approx. 25-30 inhabitance).DHS has contacted all 18 owners of the 19 properties and all are willing and interested in fielding offers from ACEReal Estate to purchase all or part of their property. Del Rio Sector originally requested the alignment of the fence to follow the south side of Frontera Rd. OBP andBorder Patrol have recently realigned the fence close to the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC)Flood Plain line to affect as few residents and lives as possible. Del Rio Sector has agreed to this alignment tokeep the project moving forward, even though it is not the optimal alignment. Under this new alignment anywherefrom 9 to 13 of the 17 buildings (and possibly 18 to all of the current inhabitants) will fall outside the footprint of the newly aligned fence. Most of the properties run from Frontera Rd. to the Rio Grande River. Del Rio Sector would prefer to owneverything south of the Frontera Rd. first and south of the fence alignment secondly. All of the buildings that arelived in fall outside of, but remain near, the IBWC Flood Plain line (Three buildings are inside the flood plain, butare not inhabited). It has yet to be determined whether the owners will sell only the property south of the fence(and keep their living area) or if they will want to sell their property as a whole. It has also yet to be determined bythe Real Estate Appraiser if the remaining property will have any worth after the river-side portion has been sold.It has also yet to be determined by the Engineers whether it is possible that some of the buildings will have to bemoved or taken down due to their close proximity to the construction area. Most of our property owners do not want to live next to the fence (with the exception of a few). Most will want tosell all of their property and relocate. Del Rio Sector anticipates a few exceptions and is willing to entertainmultiple options to avoid the condemnation process with any of the 18 landowners including some of thefollowing: Del Rio Sector is willing to entertain an easement to build the fence; allow access to graze between thefence and river; and consider long term leases for grazing rights. Del Rio Sector does not foresee going into thecondemnation process with any landowners in the M-1 project area.
CHALLENGES / CONCERNS
:- Rental house on property that is split away from rest of property by the flood plain.12/8 Met and seems very interested to field offer on all(including house) or part.Building not inside the take lineApprox. 3 occupantsHouse that family lives in that is split away from rest of property by the flood plain. Young couple that has not given usany opinion as of yet. Has been co-operative in process and appear to be interested in an offer.Building not inside the take lineApprox. 5 occupantsSmall Travel Trailer (pull trailer) in front of property that an older gentleman lives in and watches the property.Trailer will be split away from the rest of the property. Business woman in San Fransisco, CA, used to have family ties here butdoes not anymore. She will most likely want to sell the property as a whole. Co-worker handles property business forher. Willing to field offers.Building not inside the take line1 occupantMetal Storage Building (Large Quonset Hut) with foundation, full of hospital beds and junk. Businessman from Acuna,COAH, Mexico. He is interested in taking offer on all. All of his property but the easement to the road is inside the take line.Building inside the take line- Property may be grazed by take line. Lives in Wimberly, TX. Multiple Tractor Trailers and piles of junk on propertyalong with large tin roof cover near Frontera Rd. Leased out to a “recycler.” Really concerned that nothing happens to the largetrees by the road. Willing to take offers but very difficult to read. No one lives on property, but there is potential for relocation of “junk.” Property is just grazed by take line.Approx. 5 trailers and a metal building. Two are occupied by her family and her mother. Excited to take offers.Wants to live in town. Property is grazed by the take line.Building not inside the take lineApprox. 5 occupantsHouse is used as a rental for parties. Would prefer to keep house. Has been in family for twogenerations. Interested in fielding an offer. Take line is very close to the rental house and will probably be neededfor construction.Building close to the take line
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