- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - Harris County officials are delaying construction on a Houston housing project for homeless people living in a flood-prone area.

The Houston Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1peagRD ) a county court postponed demolition of a property where the non-profit Housing Corporation of Greater Houston plans to build. A judge says project costs haven’t decreased despite a reduction in planned housing units.

Officials say the project is expected to cost several million dollars more than when it was planned five years ago.

The project aims to house more than 100 men and women living in a former motel. They’ve evacuated during hurricanes and tropical storms at least twice since 2000.

The $1.3 million demolition will be delayed at least three weeks. Construction isn’t expected to be completed before January 2016.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, https://www.houstonchronicle.com

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