Hyde Park relocation efforts are moving too slow for some

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Hyde Park relocation project is on hold, according to homeowners in that area. Augusta commissioners approved moving families from that area and plans to build a retention pond.

News 12 has been told that at least seven renters have been moved, but not one single homeowner has. This news is not sitting well with the homeowners who are packed and ready to go.

Jeffrey Beard and his family own a home on Willow Street. He says they're packed, relocation papers are done and they've picked out a new home.

"They have approved the place we picked out to move. Then, all of a sudden, we're told there's no money for the move," he said.

Joanne Jones says her brother's dream of moving out of Hyde Park into a new home is also shattered. Now the family is fighting over the deed to the house.

"All the rest of us siblings have ours and and this is his. She's holding up him and putting him in turmoil," Jones said.

Forty-eight families are in the first phase of the relocation project. Seven renters have moved, but zero home owners have relocated. However, the city continues to buy up the property.

"They won't clean up their own property -- this belongs to Richmond County, they need to clean it up," Beard said.

Beard says the city has more than15 overgrown lots. The tall weeds and uncut grass are home to mosquitoes and snakes. He says it's almost like the city forgot that people still live here and call this home.

"They got the place looking like a jungle. This is the stuff we got to put up with. They won't cut their own grass but will fine us if we don't," Beard said.


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