Between nine and 11 homeowners are leaning towards selling their properties to Sansone Group if it decides to build in McCracken County, according to company principal Jim Sansone.
The homeowners were asked more than a year ago if they’d sell their properties located off of Hinkleville Road, in areas such as on Harris Road.
It’s one of the obstacles Sansone Group says it has had to overcome before making the investment in McCracken County. The looming question leaves many homeowners unsure about their future.
Dale Thomas says he likes his home for a lot of reasons, but location is the biggest one. It's quiet, but it’s within walking distance of stores and restaurants. Thomas hasn’t been approached by Sansone Group to sell his home, but his neighbors have. It’s his front porch view that he’s worried about being replaced by box stores and 18-wheelers. “Right now, it's nice to look across the street. My wife and I saw a deer out there the other day in the back of their yard,” he says.
McCracken County Commissioner Bill Bartleman says he thinks most homeowners will be offered good prices, but the county has nothing to do with the process. “It’s up to Sansone to make a deal and buy that property. If there’s people that don’t want to sell, well, that’s for Sansone to deal with,” Bartleman told me.
Sansone says all the homeowners the company spoke with were interested in selling.
Thomas isn’t against the development. He says he just doesn’t want to lose his home's small town charm. He says he will not, however, vote yes in a special election on whether to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in the Cecil precinct set for Oct. 4. Sansone Group hopes that measure will pass so they company's development is more marketable to restaurants.
Bartleman says he wishes the special election could be conducted at the same time as the general election in November to save money. He says the October vote costs several thousands of dollars.
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