Kyle City Council is offering an initial relocation and acquisition package of $1,759,000 to the Quail Ridge residents being displaced for the construction of the new South GoForth Road.

City staff will present the offer to the affected residents and bring back the results from those conversations to council for consideration and possible approval, Assistant City Manager Amber Schmeits said. Divided equally, each household would receive roughly $293,166.

The relocation packages will come back for council’s approval depending on the timing of when the offers are accepted, City Manager Bryan Langley told Community Impact.

The background

In March, council approved a development agreement called Limestone Creek that would displace residents in six homes in the Quail Ridge subdivision. The homes were acquired to make way for the construction of a new road—South GoForth Road—within the development, which will be constructed and paid for by the developer, Meritage Homes of Texas, LLC.

City Council directed staff to follow up with the affected Quail Ridge residents May 2, and letters were sent in English and Spanish to begin the property acquisition and relocation process.

Since then, city officials have performed property surveys and appraisals; held discussions with impacted property owners; and identified potential homes that meet or exceed living conditions of the impacted owners/tenants, and federal health and safety regulations.

The details

According to agenda documents, impacted owners, tenants and landlords may qualify for the following:
  • Moving costs
  • Re-establishment expenses
  • Searching expenses
  • The difference between appraisal and listing price for a comparable home
  • Replacement housing payment
Quote of note

Mayor Travis Mitchell said that this was an initial offer.

“It’s not the end of the process so there’s quite a bit of communication [and] negotiation to take place,” Mitchell said. “And then secondly, just to remind folks that what this project is in pursuit of, these particular six parcels, while unfortunate that we have to take them, are bringing about and ushering in probably the most substantial infrastructure project in at least all of my time in southeast Kyle.”