As mentioned in our last post about temporary relocation, we described services that might be needed for affordable housing renovation projects.
But temporary relocation can also apply to:
• Right of way easements, and
• Emergency situations
Here are some scenarios to help you better understand “temp relo” and right of way services.
Hypothetical #1: A municipality or transportation agency may determine a new traffic intersection is needed in a part of town. The new traffic light will reduce traffic incidents in the area. Once funding is received from federal or local sources, project plans begin with a call for project bids.
The project may call for acquiring temporary easements from property owners to accommodate construction activities. DCI’s Right of Way division can be hired by the agency to arrange the necessary paperwork to acquire those temporary easements; determine just compensation to commercial property owners; or temporarily relocate businesses.
In other situations, a transportation agency may need to purchase land from property owners to complete the project. In this case, the Right of Way division can be hired by the agency to assist with the land acquisition, or to represent the property owners and assist them about due process.
A land acquisition may involve purchasing parcels with an existing apartment complex on the site. Temporary relocation services can be used to relocate tenants, and every step will comply with oversight agency protocols.
“If there is still personal property on that right of way land, that situation can trigger temporary relocation services,” said Associate Principal Roxanne Grimm. “A contractor or transportation agency cannot just move the personal property themselves. There is a whole new set of regulations that must apply because federal or municipal funding is involved – and each step of the process is audited.”
Hence, the important reason why DCI’s Senior Project Manager Mike McNeill adheres to agency protocols.
“Contractors working on the project do not want the liability of damaging or losing someone else’s property,” Mike said. “Oversight agencies have requirements for any funding that they contribute.”
Hypothetical #2: The property management company of an apartment complex plans for a voluntary seismic upgrade to their aging building. They can hire a temporary relocation consultant to find alternate housing for all the tenants. DCI’s temporary relocation services can coordinate the needs of the tenants during the upgrade while adhering to the specific guidelines for relocation.
“A property manager already has a full-time job,” Mike said. “DCI can assist by protecting the tenant’s rights and funding during the upgrade. Hiring a third party contractor can be very appealing because it’s extra support.”
Hypothetical #3: Apartment property managers are very busy, and addressing an emergency - such as a natural disaster or fire - can be overwhelming for everyone involved. DCI can address this need for you by providing a professional who is equipped to handle chaotic situations. A seasoned temporary relocation project manager can quickly relocate all tenants, and place them in their temporary accommodations while their original dwelling is renovated.
The Takeway: These are just a few examples of how temporary relocation can pertain to specific events, projects, and different communities. There are many more scenarios that can apply!
Right of way and temporary relocation professionals are very specialized and fluent in the language of property and tenant needs. The best professionals are the ones who have the perfect blend of project management skills, right of way experience, realty experience, and temporary relocation savvy.
DCI’s experienced staff can assist you with your relocation project so that the project runs smoothly, work with oversight agencies to avoid delays in funding, and help avoid some of the other pitfalls of relocation projects.
About the Author
Rose Bechtold, Communications Specialist | Rose comes from a journalism and technical writing background. She is in her element while in research mode and naturally immerses herself in expert knowledge by interviewing staff members about new subjects. In her spare time, Rose practices plein-air sketching of buildings and random scenes around town.