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BROWNSVILLE - Appraisal surveys are underway for Brownsville families not ready to sell their homes.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS reported about the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport runway expansion project. The federal government is providing extra options for homeowners whose properties are in the way of the project.

Over three decades ago, the Diaz family purchased a piece of land, brought in a mobile home that was then converted into a house. Their home has passed from one generation to another.

Now, Noelia Diaz said her family is looking for other options.

"We've actually been out looking for different properties. Everything is so expensive,” she said.

In August, we reported how Diaz received a letter from an appraisal company. The letter asks families for permission to survey their properties. It’s an offer to sell their property to the city of Brownsville.  

"It’s great that the airport is expanding that means more revenue, more jobs,” said Diaz. “We just want something that's fair, that's going to be able to get us something similar to what we have now.”

Diaz received another packet in the mail from the Texas Land Professionals: a Federal Aviation Administration's Land Acquisition for Public Airports. The document, provided below, may offer more assistance for her and the community left with questions.

Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport Director Bryant Walker explains it offers a relocation program.

"It includes advisory services. So, if they need somebody to help them do to a property search to find a new place that's suitable it helps with that,” said Walker.

Walker said since the runway expansion project is federally funded property owners qualify for certain benefits.

But Diaz is worried some may not qualify for this service, especially those who are not in the country legally.

"I know quite a bit of families are not going to be able to fall into this category,” she said.  

Walker explained those families will have to work with the land acquisition consultants on this issue. 

Diaz said she'll continue to wait to see what her offer will be.

Walker added the appraisals should be complete by the end of this year. He said the e entire process should be complete by January 2019. 


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