Westchester homeowners now know how much land they must donate to city if they want cul-de-sac

Cul-de-sacs could be done before 24th Street soon

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Hot pink spray-paint and wood stakes have shown up in the front yards of some of the city's nicest homes. 

The paint and stakes are to mark where the city will be putting in cul-de-sacs to separate some Westchester neighborhoods from 24th Street.

Most in the neighborhood welcome the work, even though they will lose some property to it. 

The appearance of stakes and paint started with former Bakersfield Fire Chief Ron Fraze. 

"I asked Public Works  to come out here and say, 'OK, how much property are you going to take?' When people saw them in my yard and my neighbor's yard, then they requested it," Fraze said. 

"We still need to get some property so we want them as they are donating property and it's affecting their landscape and other issues out there, we want them to know exactly what they are going to see," said the city's Assistant Public Works Director Brad Underwood. 

Like most Westchester homeowners, Fraze wants the cul-de-sac and thinks they will make the area safer and improve quality of life.

"I think the property we give up is a small price to pay for what we get as far as safety for our kids," Fraze said. 

Homeowners along the south side of 24th Street between Beech and B Streets, will have to donate any land the city needs to make the cul-de-sacs. In most cases, people will lose a small slice of land. 

23ABC did find a home where someone had ripped up the stakes and thrown them in the gutter. 23ABC tried to speak to someone at the home to see if they were against the project but no one came to the door. 

"Right now they are all scheduled to be cul-de-sacs but somebody decides they don't want to do it or donate their property then of course we won't proceed," Underwood said. 

Impacted homeowners will also be responsible for relocating fences and walls that are in the way. 

"It was important for the properties at the end of the streets next to 24th Street that they see that because they are the ones getting impacted by the cul-de-sac," Underwood said. 

Even though they are virtually on top of each other, the cul-de-sacs are not part of the 24th Street widening project. 

"This is a total separate project. The widening is a TRIP project. This is actually a city project," Underwood said. 

The city said they could be ready to start digging as early as spring, but they may wait and do it at the same time the 24th Street widening, which might not be until sometime in 2014.

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