Stop Bypass from Taking our Home

In a time when the economy is down Fayette County is considering condemning homes for phase II of the West Fayette Bypass which will run from Sandy Creek Road to the intersection of Hwy 92 & Westbridge Road. We live on Lee's Mill Road and have been told that our home will be condemned if the revised road alignment for the second phase is approved by the County Commissioners. We have live in our home for 22 years. For the last 12 years my mother-in-law who is now 85 has lived with us. This news has been very devastating to us and especially to her. There are other options that need to be considered for this phase of the project before a final decision is made to take the our home. Originally there were 4 options that did not involve our property. An option that hasn’t been considered by the county is to take the Bypass down Lee’s Mill Road to Hwy. 92 which would shorten the road by a mile and achieve the same goal of ending the bypass at Hwy 92. This would save 3 families from losing their homes, taxpayers’ money and valuable green space. Our republican Commissioners say they believe in individual and property owner rights. Or did they say that just to get elected. Let’s see where they really stand. Please plan to attend the meeting on May 5 to voice your opnion/concerns. If you disagree with road alignment please email the commissioners with your thoughts before the meeting. Here are all their email addresses -,,,,,

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Submitted by mysteryman on Wed, 04/29/2009 - 8:39pm.

And the routes must form a loop that ties into existing Marta service routes in neighboring counties.. So lets see....HMMM...

Route one... hwy 85 from Riverdale turning west on Hwy 54 to Peachtree City, Turing north on Hwy 74 and tying back into the system on Oakley Industrial and Hwy 138 Union City...

Route Two... Oldnational Hwy south to West Fayette Bypass tying into Hwy 54 route one. east and west..

Route three Olakey Industrial to Hwy 92 east to Ga 85 tying into route one north, south...

PEACE... Enjoy the foot path soon to be worn across your front yard, as well as having to police your yard for trash, in the morning and evening when you return home....BLESS

Submitted by omb22 on Tue, 04/28/2009 - 1:42pm.

I agree mom!!! I love you! SAVE OUR HOME!!!!!!

Submitted by ginga1414 on Tue, 04/28/2009 - 9:58am.

I know that the bottom line for me isn't how much money the County is willing to pay me for my property, it is the fact that the County is taking my property. They are violating my family's home and in the process they are violating my family and every other family that will be impacted by this Thing.

The Blounts are a fine family and they don't deserve the heartache they are experiencing. I spoke with the family grandmother this morning. She called me because she is so upset and just wanted to hear someone tell her there is hope. This dear 85 year old lady shouldn't have to face having her home destroyed. She should be able to feel secure at this stage of her life. She shouldn't feel like she has to go out and fight our County Commissioners for her home. The County is trying to destroy our air quality, water quality lifestyle quality, property, and homes. The County Commissioners have insulted and belittled many of us who are trying to save our property from their bulldozers. And now they are even destroying an 85 year old grandmother's security, peace of mind and ultimately her well being. How much lower can they go in the name of development? Believe me, there will be development because contrary to what Jack Smith says the entire almost 7 mile length of the Bypass/Parkway is literally strewn with hundreds of acres owned by big developers. As I said before, it is a dirty rotten shame.

Submitted by Arf on Mon, 04/27/2009 - 7:56pm.

I have yet to hear or read of anyone in Fayette County who wants or supports this bypass. Will those who support it please speak up and and at least explain the justification?

I really fail to see how this particular bypass is going to alleviate any traffic concerns (now if you were bypassing PTC, yeah.)

This deal is ruining homes and having a very adverse affect on quite a few residents and seems like a monumental waste of money at a time when we need to be watching the pennies to make sure everything bought is really worth it.

Please tell why it's a good plan.

Submitted by curmudgeon on Wed, 04/29/2009 - 3:13pm.

I'm not sure why improvements to the existing Sandy Creek Road will not satisfy all the perceived needs of your traffic "problem". Why not put the cars onto 74 North near I-85?

To those of us living in North Fayette County, dumping out a few more cars onto 92 Hwy North appears to be a silly idea. What this ill informed plan does do is decrease the time frame for ne'er-do-wells to come into our county from Old National Hwy and Fulton County. If the attempt is to lessen their get away time from breaking into our homes in North Fayette to getting back home I believe the Commissioners have solved that problem.

It appears the main thrust is to simply force an unwanted, and I believe unneeded road down the public's throat just to spend the money. Why not do the right thing and improve an existing road and leave it at that?

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Submitted by zoes on Wed, 04/29/2009 - 3:34pm.

That is exactly what I keep trying to point out on the East Fayette Bypass whose plans literally go through Clayton County. I really hope that there is time to stop it all together, after the reality of the West Bypass has hit everyone. If there is some need to take people from N Hwy 85 to Hwy 92 at Goza where only the cows and Inman Elementary live, I certainly don't see it.

Stop the West Bypass immediately and Don't ever even begin the East one! These things are ridiculous and NO ONE single citizen wants them.


"Never love anything that can't love you back."

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Submitted by eodnnaenaj1 on Wed, 04/29/2009 - 4:01pm.

and all others not wanting the bypass, I've got the answer. This past weekend I was in a nice downtown Atlanta neighborhood, there was this yard that was nothing but bushes, trees, flowers, etc. just the sidewalk to the home was visible. Then we noticed a little sign that said "certified wildlife center"; now here's my plan #1) no more cutting grass!!!! #2)yard would be "certified" for wildlife, then they would be destroying habitats for wildlife. How 'bout that! Shoot, I'm letting my grass, weeds, bushes, trees grow as we speak. I'll be looking for that sign and certification very soon.

Submitted by Spyglass on Tue, 04/28/2009 - 10:39am.

That is why you don't hear the Citizens that in favor of it. Fact is, traffic around/through Fayetteville is not that bad. This is a HUGE waste of monies.

Submitted by boo boo on Wed, 04/29/2009 - 10:23pm.

There has always been a bypass to get around Fayetteville. I have used it since moving to Fayette Co. Gingercake off of 54 goes straight down to Highway 92. If you want to go South from 54 you can go down Grady to State Rt. 85.
When I use to go to the Pavilion I would go down Gingercake, get on Stanley, then a short distance to White, straight shot into 314. A nice little drive. You can also go on down Gingercake pick up 92, turn right, sorry forget the little road over to New Hope, right on New Hope, pick up 314 again..There is also Tyrone Rd. Flat Creek Trail, and Sandy Creek off of 54, that goes over to 74 North then to 85. Probably plenty of other ways to get to 85 that I have forgotten about.

This Sandy Creek bypass is not needed, not wanted. So I think the Commissioners need to ask themselves this Question. The taxpayers, the ones who put us in office, don't want this road, so why are we building it? If the answer is, were building it anyway, then the Citizens in the County deserve a very good reason. It would be nice if the Citizen Newspaper did a little research and found out just how many developers own land along this proposed road, that would be very interesting and maybe telling.

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Submitted by Spear Road Guy on Mon, 04/27/2009 - 10:25pm.

Arf is darn right. Where are the citizens jumping up and down begging for the bypass to be built??? That's how you know something stinks about this deal.

The county commissioners are hiding something for sure and we'll end up taking it in the pants.

Not a single commissioner has my vote the next time around!!!

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Tue, 04/28/2009 - 4:31am.

But we have to smoke out the commissioners and get them to comment on why they want this, how it is being funded and who got the ball rolling in the first place. It is called "accountability" and that's been something in short supply with all of our elected officials lately.

E-mail each and every one of them - their addresses are in the main article above - and insist we get an update at the next meeting and a report on why this is being pushed and by whom. And what are the consequences (if any) if this foolish project is stopped.

E-mail them today. I am sending mine next. The first goes to Jack and will be a call to exert some leadership.

Submitted by boo boo on Thu, 04/30/2009 - 2:30am.

I bet I know one huge supporter of this road. It was recently in the Citizen News about how much money it brings into the County. Yep, this business has over a thousand employee's, plus probably thousands of patients who want a quicker route back and forth to Atlanta. You know what happens around hospitals, they forever keep expanding, building and building. Yep this is going to be one busy hospital in the future. Next thing ya know we will be having to pay to park, it is already a problem on some days. Also if this bypass is built, more rezoning for future medical purposes along the bypass. Now who are those developers owning property along this bypass? Inquiring minds want to know.

Submitted by Spyglass on Mon, 04/27/2009 - 3:31pm.

Especially in small towns. It usually ends up ruining the area that they bypassed to begin with.

Frankly, after driving in/around/through Fatteville for 30+ years, I'm not sure anything is broken. As a Fayette County taxpayer, this road seems like a GIANT waste of $$$.

Submitted by ginga1414 on Mon, 04/27/2009 - 6:36am.

It is the same old shuck and jive all politicians give us when they want something. Whether it is disguising funding for the West Fayetteville Bypass/Parkway as "Road Purposes" on the November, 2004 Ballot, or changing the name from Bypass to Parkway, it is the same old thing. They think that if they tell us what they perceive we want to here, everything will be all right.

Well, this time they got it wrong. Little is known how they really work. The Commissioners have insulted tax paying citizens when they have tried to ask a question concerning what would happen to their property when the Road comes through. Now, they are trying to bulldoze family homes. Two other folks in the path of this Thing have also been privileged to experience how our County Officials really work. When one neighbor saw another neighbor preparing to re-roof their home, he told his uninformed neighbor that she would be spending money for nothing because the West Fayetteville Bypass/Parkway was going to plow right through her house. "Check with the County," he said. When she checked with the County, she was told yes indeed her home would be bulldozed and that she had 5 months to leave. Real nice, huh? Then, when another neighbor wrote an email in protestation of the manner in which the first neighbor was notified about the condemnation of her home, this neighbor received a letter telling her to "stay out of it," and let the County handle the CONDEMNED NEIGHBOR!

It is a dirty rotten shame you are having to endure the condemnation of your property. It is a dirty rotten shame any of us are having to endure being treated as if we are dirt under the Commissioners feet. I just want you to know that your neighbors are fighting right beside you. Good luck to us all.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Mon, 04/27/2009 - 12:03am.

I'm sorry about your house. How does the county compensate something like that? Do you get fair market value or do they completely screw you? Who decides whats fair?

Submitted by Spyglass on Mon, 04/27/2009 - 3:29pm.

There is a process. Both sides get to be heard, and most of the time, an agreement can be reached. I don't think the County is out to "screw" anyone.

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Mon, 04/27/2009 - 4:09pm.

So tell me why they wouldn't pay the homeowner the Fair Market Value that they themselves have established for the property for purposes of property tax? I smell tapdance or double standard.

Submitted by Spyglass on Mon, 04/27/2009 - 5:04pm.

I know I wouldn't take what the County has my home valued for.

County Tax values are appraised en-mass..Single appraisals can be more accurate. But I'll add by reminding that folks that appraising real property isn't a science.

Submitted by omb22 on Tue, 04/28/2009 - 1:43pm.

We found out our home was going to be condemned after returning from a family vacation at the beginning of April. Nice way to say "welcome home." I have lived there my whole life, 20 years, and my mom and dad have lived there for 22 years. The idea that it will be gone due to a road make me sick. I can hardly believe this is happening. Even if we were offered a great deal of money it won't replace our home. When I have children of my own I won't be able to show them where I grew up like my mom and dad have shown me and my brother of there childhood homes. It's crazy to think that a spot in the middle of the road is where my house was at one point. No amount of money can replace all the memories and experiences I have had growing up in my house. It is a custom built home that my mom and dad have worked extremely hard for and to replace it would cost a fortune. My dad is dealing with the issue as best as he can but its something extremely difficult to over come. He doesn't sleep at night and is trying to think of anything and everything to do to keep our house. My grandma who has lived with us for 12 years is not handling the issue very well. She is at a lost and doesn't need to go through this type of stress at 85 years old.
We live in a free country but by the way things seem to go, what is the definition of free? If you work for something your whole life and are able to build a nice home, it doesn't seem right that the government can just come in and take everything away from you. Our house is beautiful. I cannot believe any of this happening to me or my family. It has placed a giant stress on our family. We all love each other more then anything and it hurts to see how this road is impacting us. Me and my 17 year old brother don't really know how to accept the issue. We know nothing else but our home and to think that we would have to go somewhere else it just wouldn't be the same. We feel as though it wouldn't be "home." Like the famous saying "there's no place like home," that's that truth.
The road is placing way too many stresses on my mom and dad. Me and my brother at times feel like the punching bag to the situation. I will be attending University of Georgia next fall and my brother is going to LaGrange College, we just want to know if we will have home to come back and visit too or where will home be. My mom and dad pay for our college tuition and having to back into debt with a new house would also place an impact on our college spends. If you have any concerns about the issue and are willing to help us save our house please continue to blog and send e-mails to the commissioners. Their e-mails are listed above under my mom's blog. If you can attending the upcoming meeting about the road. Maybe we should reconsider next time we go to vote and if the people running are really represent what they stand for. We appreciate everyone's thoughts and concerns and those who are behind us in the attempt to save our house. We all wish for the best outcome!! SAVE OUR HOUSE!!!!!!!!!

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Tue, 04/28/2009 - 3:00pm.

Keep up what you are doing. Go to every meeting. Have your say. I agree with you, it is sick. Some of these folks are a bit jaded. This is America and we are Americans. Fight for what is yours. We have a rich history of fighting for what we have. My thought are with you.

Submitted by Spyglass on Tue, 04/28/2009 - 1:54pm.

But there are many homes that are now gone due to roads being built etc. One thing for sure, time marches on.

Best of luck with your move...

Submitted by Blah Blah on Tue, 04/28/2009 - 1:53pm.

The common good and the future of all of us is bigger than one persons greedy intrestes. You do not own the land. You are merely a temperary stewart of it. There are plenty of nice homes for you to live in everywhere else.

A system of limitless individual choices, with respect to communications, is not necessarily in the interest of citizenship and self-government.

Submitted by curmudgeon on Wed, 04/29/2009 - 4:05pm.

The useless road in question has nothing to do with the "common good". There is nothing good about the government wasting money. However, it is way to common.

Submitted by Okie on Tue, 04/28/2009 - 2:05pm.

I don't call owning a home a greedy interest. Do you consider everyone who owns a home to be greedy?? We looked for a long time before we finally found the land we built on. Now, the road in front of our house is going to be the new bypass. I don't see anything good coming from this Bypass...Parkway...whatever they want to call it.

Submitted by MacTheKnife on Tue, 04/28/2009 - 2:03pm.

Besides you're "intrestes", "stewart" dunt count nun. Yu R jus "temperary" you greedy man who wantz a house.Blah blah.

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