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Genesis Expanding, Transplanting Houses; Some Homeowners Want To Stay

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The Genesis East Campus is expanding. Part of the expansion means some homes in the area are in the way some of their construction plans.

Two of the homes bought by Genesis will literally be lifted from their foundations and moved onto 6th Street in Davenport. These properties will be donated to the city.

But other homeowners in this same area don't want to leave just yet.

Genesis said they've made offers to all of the homeowners that coincide with their plans. The majority have left, but a few remain.

"I'd hate to leave the neighborhood, but that's the way it is," said homeowner in the neighborhood John Tee.

Tee has lived on East High Street for 20 years. He said he's working through a deal with Genesis to sell his home.

"Well I think it's great, they always do a good job," said Tee. "I mean everything they do is class, so I'm sure this going to be the same."

But another neighbor isn't quite ready to leave her home that's been in her family for 60 years.

"When we moved here, we thought we were here to stay and then of course we got the notice that they wanted to buy our house and it upset us very much," said homeowner in the neighborhood Shirley Shore

Shore said they've already lived through one Genesis expansion...

"The dust, the noise was unreal and now of course they're going to be closer to us," said Shore.

But Genesis said they will construct berms, to help isolate the neighborhood and to try limit the disruption as much as possible.

"No one is obligated to sell their home and that would not be permissible," said VP of Corporate Communications at Genesis Health System Ken Croken. "The properties that we are taking down are properties that we have acquired over the years."

Croken said Genesis has been clear about their need to expand for decades and much of the property they have acquired will accomodate this expansion for a park-like area and parking lot.

But for now Shirley and her husband Cliff, surrounded by more and more vacant homes said they choose to stay.

"We've decided we're just going to try and stick it out and it's going to be inconvenient, but we're going to smile and laugh through the whole things and hope to God that it doesn't get real bad because they're so close to us," said Shore.

Croken said the houses that will be donated to the city, will be lifted up and moved sometime in August or September of this year.

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