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Cary Homeowners May Have To Pay The Price For Progress

Posted April 26, 2001 6:41 a.m. EDT

— The town of Cary has been praised for its efforts to deal with growth in recent years, but some property owners claim the town is unwilling to pay for the price of progress.

A mile-long road-widening project of S.E. Maynard Road is set to begin from just west of Walnut Road to Kildaire Farm Road. In an attempt to ease traffic, the town wants to widen S.E. Maynard Road to five lanes.

More than 70 other property owners will lose a sizable chunk of their front yards. The town has already settled compensation with most homeowners, but some are still holding out.

After an initial offer of $1,900, the town offered Joe Stanley $5,000 for his loss, but he declined the offer.

"In reality, I feel like I'm losing $20,000 to $30,000 on my property," he says.

After months of delays, Cary leaders say they are close to taking the land by imminent domain and letting the courts settle the claims.

"You can keep negotiating, and at some point, you need to move on with the project," says staff engineer Tom Ellis.

Some homeowners say they understand that they could lose their homes, but they are not ready to give up their fight.

"It's going to happen. I know it's going to happen. I just want to make sure that I don't lose the value of my home," says property owner Carolyn Mintz.

The remaining holdouts have hired an attorney to help in their case. Cary engineers say compensation offers are all based on independent appraisals. Construction is set to start in July.