Neighbors conflicted over selling homes to Tappan Zee Constructors after span of project shifts

Some homeowners were told three years ago that their homes would be taken through eminent domain. (4/3/14)

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SOUTH NYACK - Tappan Zee Constructors are changing their tune toward residents who live near the site of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

Some South Nyack homeowners were told by the state three years ago that their homes would be taken through eminent domain to make way for the span of the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Now Tappan Zee Constructors says it doesn’t need those properties to build the span because the project has shifted.

The group is still willing to buy the homes, however, because they are situated very close to the span. Homeowners argue that even though Tappan Zee Constructors is purchasing the homes, they still need the protections that would have been afforded them under eminent domain.

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Those protections include help with relocation, financing and finding a comparable home. Brian Conybeare, the governor's special advisor on the bridge project, says elements of those are already being offered.

Even though some of the affected owners have been told their property is no longer needed to build the bridge, they're worried that can change at any time if the plans for the bridge change again. Conybeare says that's highly unlikely.

So far, the New York Thruway Authority says that of the five homeowners, only one has accepted an offer to sell.

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