Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Central Expressway Property, Relocation Expenses Estimated

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Central Expressway Property, Relocation Expenses Estimated

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Acquisition of property and emergency relocation of families in the Harrison-Walnut area of northeast Oklahoma City fo r the Central Expressway would cost an estimated $2.78 million, it has been reported to the Oklahoma City Council Housing Committee.

This includes an estimated $1.45 million to acquire 36 properties which would be in the right-of-way, plus $1.3 million for relocation expenses, said David Jones, federal program director for the city.

About $2 million of this amount is not available at this time, Jones said. The only funds that could be used for the emergency program, he said, consist of $325,000 recently appropriated by the City Council for the purpose, plus another $400,000 that he said could be taken from the contingency funds.

There are $506,000 in uncommitted funds for contingencies at this time, he said, and that it might be recommended that $400,000 be taken from the fund for the emergency acquisitions and relocations.

This, he said, would have to be approved by the Citizens Committee of the Community Development Department. The fund was set up to take care of cost overruns on various city projects, such as sewerimprovements.

The city received $5.2 million in federal block grant funds for this fiscal year, but all of this has been allocated. The additional estimated $2 million needed for the program would have to come from some other source, to be determined by the council.

Ward 6 Councilman Jerry Gilbert, chairman of the committee, plus Ward 1 Councilman I. G. Purser and Ward 7 Councilman Goree James, members of the committee, decided they would set up their own guidelines, rather than using the criteria established by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

These would have to do with deterioration of property, age, health and safety, they said.

It is hoped, Gilbert said, that the $725,000 that would be made available would be able to take care of the more critical cases. …

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