24th Street homeowners working hard to fight for their property

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

For two years, Julie and Richard Young have wondered what the future holds for their 4,000 square foot home.  A place they spent 32 years, raising two boys and welcoming countless friends and family members.

“When you’re ready to move, you know, you pack up and you’re ready to go and you’re ready to move on and now someone is forcing you to move, it’s a whole different feeling.  It’s completely different. I’m not ready to go,” said Julie Young.

Bakersfield city leaders plan to widen 24th street, an improvement requiring the demolition of 23 homes including the young’s property.

“We’ve made this house a home, it’s been our home and it’s really, really sad that it’s being taken away from us and we don’t know where we’re going and we don’t know when we’re going,” she said.

Thousands of dollars have already been put into the house.  Edmond Holmes originally built it in the 1920’s, his wife was a dentist and provided care in what is now the basement.  In the 1980’s, the Young’s became only the second owners of the place.

“Sixty million dollars, you know for a mile stretch of road and you saw yourself, for two or three hours a day, is it worth it?,” said Richard Young.

The couple says traffic along 24th has slowed since the competition of the Westside parkway.  They plan to work with other citizens who are also against the project and do everything they can to save people’s homes.

“My concern in all honesty is the fact that I can’t fathom anybody want to tear this house down.  I’m kind of anxious to see what’s going to happen, to see, you know people write in Californian, oh those people got to be treated fairly.  Well, we’ll just see if they treat everybody fairly,” he said.

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