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City engineers meet with residents about their homes on the sinking street

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By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) - Neighbors who live near 98th and Frankford met with city leaders to voice their frustrations about a project to fix ground settlement in the area, caused by an improperly installed sewer line. The city has approved the purchase of 23 homes and 3 properties, but don't have plans to buy anymore.

After contractors and city employees presented updates about ground tests and the projected completion residents asked questions for about 45 minutes about the reconstructions. They are concerned that the neighborhood they moved into won't be the same.

More than 75 residents filed into the Cooper West cafeteria for an update about the sinking situation in their 98th street neighborhood. While plans are in the works to fix the problem underground, the city says there are certain aspects about the testing that take time and it is not an overnight fix. Residents spoke loud and clear about their concerns above ground.

More than a dozen homeowners spoke up about property values, and what their neighborhood will look like after the project. Many who voiced concerns live in homes that the city does not have plans to buy.

"There are more questions than answers and frustrations are high," said homeowner Andrew Babcock. Babcock wants to see what the area will look like long term and is concerned about the area because he is trying to sell his home.

City Councilwoman Karen Gibson wants to see more meetings like this during the project and thinks more information about what the city is doing to fix the problem is what her constituents need.

"I think it is more lack of information that they are angry about," said Gibson. "It is not their homes. The street is what is impacted and we need their homes for the footprint of the new ditch."

City leaders who were at the meeting Tuesday night gave residents direct contact numbers. The city does not have plans to address concerns about property values, but did discuss working out a plan to give a written letter to homeowners about the condition of their property after all the tests are done.

Currently, there are plans to landscape the area where the first tier of homes closest to 98th street will be demolished.

The project is expected to be finished in the fall of 2012.

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