Cherry Tree Crossing move will take a lot longer

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Neighbors in Augusta's Cherry Tree Crossing won't be moving anytime soon. Housing officials now saying the original target date of this summer might not happen.

The move was delayed because the application process to HUD has not been sent. Even after that, it could take several months before anyone is moved.

"I'm a breast cancer survivor and I'm too weak to stay in the projects any longer," said resident Yvonne Green.

Green has several health problems. She takes two sets of pills daily.

Green was excited to learn the Housing Authority would be moving the residents out -- but not anymore.

"It made me feel down because I was really ready to move," Green said.

"I don't know, it doesn't look very feasible right now. We have to give them proper notification once the application has been approved," said Planning and Development Director Richard Arfman.

He says once the application is completed, it could still take anywhere from two months to a year before HUD approves the demolition and relocation. It's several months later than what people here were told.

For Green, it's not about the time -- it's about being safe.

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