DANVILLE – One of the owners of the properties the city approved last month to possibly take through eminent domain for the new proposed Carle medical campus off Logan Avenue asked the Danville City Council Tuesday if only part of her property could be used.
Property owner Tammy Lopez, who said she’s lived at 118 N. Logan Ave. for 25 years, says she doesn’t want to sell or move.
She said a little portion of her property could be cut off because the project is allowing the doctor’s office south of her home to stay.
“I feel safe in my home here,” she said. “I never expected (it) to be called a blighted area.”
Lopez said she understands the Carle project would be “great for the community to go to one place.”
She also understands the beautiful setting would benefit Carle patients.
Lopez said she wanted it to be a forever home. The home overlooks the river and Ellsworth Park.
“I can’t get that somewhere else,” she said.
What she doesn’t understand is how and why the city can forcefully take her property.
“Can my own city take my own home away from me?” she asked.
She also asked why Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. isn’t in her situation. He lives just north of the proposed area.
“I won’t say I won’t go. Damn it. I want to be paid for my years in,” Lopez said.
Aldermen didn’t have answers for her, and Williams wasn’t present at the meeting due to having the flu.
Ward 5 Alderman Mike Puhr asked about an appraisal on her home. Lopez didn’t know of one that had been done.
Puhr also said she could voice concerns about the medical center site plan at a Danville Area Planning and Zoning Commission meeting at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 5 at city hall. That’s when the Logan Avenue closure and plans are expected to be discussed.
In other business Tuesday, council members approved 29 dilapidated structure demolitions with outside contractors. The city will be using about $280,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding for the work.