Hyde Park relocation project continues

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News 12 First at Five / Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hyde Park activist

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Hyde Park relocation process continues. City leaders say everything is on time, but there is still lots of red tape.

Renters are being moved out, and homeowners are glad it's their turn next.

"I packed up three months after our last meeting. I started packing then," said Hyde Park resident Joanne Jones.

Jones has lived in Hyde Park her whole life and is more than ready to go. Every box has a label and is in its proper place.

"I'm somewhat pleased and happy. I will not be totally happy until I see the first package going to homeowners," Jones said.

"I'm glad once we're able to get the title work done.The appraisers are on board," said Housing and Community Development Executive Director Chester Wheeler.

The first round of property appraisals took place during Master's Week. One more round will have to happen before the city can start to buy their property.

"After we get the appraisals and know exactly what we are looking at, then we will move forward. We will try and find them places," Wheeler said.

"I have already spotted land in house plans and presented them to housing. I plan to move to south Augusta on Deans Bridge Road," she said.

Jones will have to stay on that road a little longer. The city plans to relocate 25 families per year.

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