GALVESTON (Galveston County Daily News) – The Galveston Housing Authority is searching for a master developer to oversee the majority of reconstruction projects on public housing damaged by Hurricane Ike.

The city approved a revised plan to replace 569 homes in 2008 after Ike destroyed all four of the authority’s public housing developments.

“What we’re looking for are mixed-income, mixed-housing types,” said Betty Massy of the housing authority board of commissioners. “They will be privately owned, privately managed and privately maintained.”

The chosen developer will manage a 282- to 479-unit rebuild at Magnolia Homes, Cedar Terrace and any other site the authority acquires. After completion, the developer will be responsible for maintaining the properties.

Proposals for the project are due May 3. Applicants should have experience in development, meet bonding requirements and comply with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act.