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Gulfton Apartment Buyout To Make Way For Flood Project

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$14M Gulfton apartment buyout to make way for flood project



A new detention basin project on a 4.4-acre lot will replace the Monticello Square apartment complex in Gulfton after Houston City Council approved a $14 million buyout of the site March 10.

The project, funded entirely with federal grants, includes plans to relocate all of the tenants. The complex has 132 units with rents ranging from $800 to $1,170.

Located in the 100-year flood plain, the building floods frequently and at one point, flooded twice in less than two months, said District J Council Member Edward Pollard, who represents the area.

“The owner of this property is going to continue to Band-Aid and patch up that property, and people are going to keep living there ... but they are going to continue to have their lives upended every time there is high water,” Pollard said. “It goes beyond just dollars and cents sometimes. It's a people issue.”

The effort is part of an ongoing strategy to relocate residents outside of the city’s flood plains and increase the overall amount of stormwater detention.


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