Demolition of Substandard Structures


Texas City sets aside a pool of funds for the City-wide Demolition Program under 24 CFR 570.201 (d). Texas City residents may apply for these funds at any time during the program year-long as funds are available. Given the limited funds available for the Texas City Demolition Set-Aside program, applications will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come, first served basis to those properties that have been deemed uninhabitable and unsuitable for rehabilitation. 

Types of Demolition Activities

The Community Development Department will accept demolition applications that are aligned with the following criteria for Owner Consent demolition activities.

A.    Owner Consent Demolitions: Properties owned by Texas City residents that have documented ownership in a property that meets the Demolition Criteria. 

Demolition Criteria

For a property to qualify for the Texas City Demolition Set-Aside Program, it must adhere to the eligibility criteria for land clearance as established by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Below represents the nature in which the Department will fund demolition projects with CDBG funds through the Demolition Set-Aside. Those projects that are not within the scope of the prescribed criteria will be deemed ineligible for funding.  

A.    Slum Blight Spot Basis: These are activities that eliminate specific conditions of blight or physical decay on a spot basis and are not located in a slum or blighted area. 

Examples include: 

•    Demolition of a dilapidated property in a low-mod income area (LMA); 

B. Urgent Need: Use of the urgent need national objective category is rare. It is designed only for activities that alleviate emergency conditions. Examples include: 

•    Demolition structures that are severely damaged by a major national disaster; Urgent need qualified activities must meet the following criteria: 

               i. The existing conditions must pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community. 

               ii. The existing conditions are of recent origin or recently became urgent (generally, within the past 18 months).

               iii. The program recipient is unable to finance the activity on its own; and 

               iv. Other sources of funding are not available.

This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Program (CDBG) and the City of Texas City.