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SLIDESHOW: Historic homes to be moved to make way for Ohio River Bridge

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A group of historic homes in downtown Jeffersonville will be picking up and moving to new lots -- all due to the construction of a new bridge.

"Part of the commitment that INDOT made was to preserve the historical nature of the area," said INDOT's public relations representative Mike Bosc.

Five homes in historic Jeffersonville will be loaded up on flat bed trucks and moved to new lots.

"They all are staying in or near the historic district. 10 or 15 blocks at most," said Bosc. One of the homes only has to travel about a block.

But not every neighbor thinks the move is worth their tax dollars.

"I don't think they're historic," said Frances Taylor. She lives only doors away from two of the homes that will be moved.

Barney O'Hare doesn't live in the neighborhood, but owns a building just across from some of the homes. "I don't know why they want to keep them really....I'd tear them down if it was me."

While others, like the owners of bed and breakfast, Market Street Inn, think the homes are important to the character of their neighborhood.

"I think it is great that they can save these historic homes and place them in a spot where they will be appreciated, and lived in and cared for, and renovated," said Carol Stenbro. Coming from a woman who lives in a home built in 1881.

"There's not very many historic homes left in Jeffersonville as opposed to Old Louisville that has a lot of historic homes and a lot of history."

She and her husband do worry about the trees that need to be removed or trimmed along the moving routes, however. They said they hate to see any trees go. But INDOT representative Mike Bosc said it's necessary in order to avoid damage to the homes.

"Those are going to be replaced by trees of the same species and size," said Bosc.

Completing the look of a re-organized historic neighborhood.

The first home will be moved on May 29. All homes must be moved by June 30.

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