Residents in way of Crosstown Parkway learn their move-out deadline

Latest move out date will be end of 2016

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Project officials for the Crosstown Parkway Expansion Bridge released the acquisition schedule Wednesday for nearly 60 homes and 30 vacant lots and businesses that the city needs to acquire to begin construction.

Project officials say appraisals for the properties have begun and will last until September or October of 2014.

The acquisition is set to occur in four priority phases.

The first phase will acquire properties along Coral Reef Street and 2 vacant lots along the south side of the pond on SE West Virginia Dr. north of Albatross Ave. The latest acquisition date will be in the middle of 2015.

The second phase will acquire properties along SE West Virginia Dr. between SE Floresta Dr. and Coral Reef Street. The latest acquisition date will be late 2015.

The third acquisition phase will be of properties near the pond on the south side of Albatross Ave. and properties near the pond east of the bridge on US 1. The latest acquisition date would be February 2016.

The final acquisition phase will be of properties along SE West Virginia Dr. between SE Floresta Dr. to SE Manth Ln. The latest acquisition date would be the end of 2016.

Project officials say residents will be given a 90 day notice.

Residents were given this information at a meeting Wednesday at the Port St. Lucie Community Center.

Residents like Bonnie Brown say they've been waiting more than 10 years to learn when they will have to move out. She's heard about the project for nearly a decade.

She bought her home along West Virginia Dr. nearly 20 years ago.

"I never knew this was going to be here, you know, or I wouldn't have built my house here," Brown said.

Home renovations have taken a back seat as she's only been anticipating moving out.

"We figure well, the bulldozer's coming and going to just smash it and take it all away so it's like throwing money out in the garbage," Brown said.

Her once pristine backyard pool was featured in a Sunday paper ten years ago. It's now filled with brown water and minnows as maintenance hasn't seemed necessary.

Wednesday, Brown learned she may be able to stay in her home as late as the end of 2015. That means she may consider sprucing up her pool, if she'll be able to enjoy it for another year.

Project officials say they encourage residents, however, to move as soon as possible if they receive an offer they are satisfied with.
 

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