Homes Could Be Going Down for Businesses in North Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/24/06

Homes Could Be Going Down for Businesses in North Lubbock

Lubbock City Councilwoman Linda DeLeon took a poll in February. She asked hundreds of citizens how they would feel about selling their homes to a developer.

Marcie Camacho has lived in her house for seven years. Her house is not up for proposed demolition like her neighbors houses across the street. Regardless, she still plans to move when the Marsha Sharp Freeway is in operation. "As we look out our door every morning, we're going to see a huge freeway," said Marcie.

Thirty-year resident Becky Marin planned to give her 19-year-old daughter her house while she attended Texas Tech, but may have to get an apartment instead. Not to mention, some of her neighbors are family. "Eventually, I know I will have to move. Because it seems like a lot of people want to move," said Becky.

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Marcie and Becky represent about 2% of these neighbors who don't want to leave their homes. At a town hall meeting in February, DeLeon asked residents how many would be in favor of selling their homes to a developer. Their houses would be leveled and new business would go in place of the houses. 98% of those people who were there said they would sell their house.

"I heard dirt and noise as two of the main reasons why people would sell their homes," said DeLeon.

She says the opportunity to turn 4th Street into something similar we already see on 50th street between Indiana and Quaker will only bring good things to the area. "This would be an excellent opportunity for that area because you have Texas Tech and it would create a lot of jobs for the youth on this side of the community," said DeLeon.

It's not a definite plan though. The city is giving residents in the area until Friday to voice their opinion. The process will begin in June.

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