We really weren’t expecting any motion until August. It looks like things are already happening.
Greenville County had agreed to purchase the houses in the floodplain on our street and demolish then, turning the area into a natural area with a pedestrian bridge. The plan presented was for demolition and construction of the bridge and cul-du-sacs to begin this August, with construction lasting about six months.
This particular house had been problematic. An elderly gentleman had lived here, and he wound up selling his house for a mere $40K. The folks that bought the place didn’t take care of it at all. They created a berm to try to keep the flooding out. It only succeeded in damming their yard and flooding the neighbors even worse as water poured through their driveway. The house was trashy, and after they left the friendly "No Trespassing" signs went up. I, for one, am glad they are gone, but I hate how the previous tenent had been treated.
I spoke with a neighbor as I took pictures. Only this house and the one to the right have been purchased so far, so I don’t think there will be any more demolition for awhile. The neighbor I spoke with also lives in the flood plain, and she was a bit forlorn about having to sell her home of fifteen years.
I keep telling myself, it will be much better when it’s all done.