New Galleria-area development costing residents their homes

September 16, 2013 3:27:54 PM PDT
Residents in one Galleria-area complex are being told to pack up and leave, thanks to plans for new development in the area. For many of those residents at Westcreek near San Felipe, the news was a total surprise.

When Tyler Vikos moved into Westcreek Apartments on September 7, he expected to stay here for at least the rest of the year. But he got a surprise just a few days later.

"Really nothing I can do, but it kind of sucks, I have to move again. And I feel like they shouldn't have been signing leases if they knew they were going to sell it or knock it down, or whatever they 're doing," he said.

Vikos, like many other residents at Westcreek Apartments, got this eviction notice on their doors late last week. It states they have to vacate by the end of November.

"'I'm the one that's probably less mad about it So many people have gone into the office talking about it, yelling," evicted tenant Naomi Williams said.

We tried going into the leasing office to find out what was going on but nobody wanted to talk. But the management company did call us back, saying the owners of the complex sold three of the six buildings to developers and told them to begin notifying residents just last week.

"It's very frustrating," another evicted tenant said.

The evictions are unrelated to the River Oaks district development already underway next door, and the Houston Apartment Association says the process looks completely legal. But that doesn't mean it's not frustrating for new tenants like Vikos.

"Just find another place," Vikos said.

Residents are being offered the option of moving into the remaining apartment buildings, but many told us they'd rather just leave altogether.

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