The Ohio Department of Transportation has made some Sandusky property owners happy as it purchased land to make way for a railroad overpass on the city's west side.
But JoAnne Boerckel isn't one of them.
Portions of Tiffin Avenue will be closed when the project is finished, and ODOT wants to acquire Boerckel's house and property at 1803 Tiffin Ave.
If she accepts ODOT's offer, Boerckel said she'll be left with $40,000 after paying off her mortgage.
After an impasse in negotiations, ODOT has filed an eminent domain lawsuit and is trying to force Boerckel and her husband out in the next month and a half.
"You make your house payments, you pay your taxes and you still get evicted from your house," Boerckel said. "I just want a little house with a garage with about an acre. It isn't like I want a mansion. Actually, I want to downsize."
Seretha Taylor's experience with ODOT has been good.
The state's offer on her former house at 1913 Tiffin Ave. was adequate -- Taylor said she and her husband used the money to move to a nice house on 13th Street.
"They paid for our moving costs," Taylor said. "They were very, very nice to us and helped us move and got us moved in."
An ODOT list shows 29 property owners have accepted the state's purchase offers. The properties will make room for an overpass just south of Venice Road, which will allow motorists to bypass railroad crossings.
ODOT has paid $750,000 so far, but still has to reach agreements with some property owners, ODOT spokeswoman Joyce Miller said.
Several property owners on ODOT's target list said they were happy with the compensation the state offered.
ODOT needs rights of way temporarily at a rental house on the corner of Tiffin and Wilson while workers move poles, but the site will actually gain more property when the work is done.
Honey Eppse said the work is taking up some of the front yard outside her house in the 1700 block of Tiffin Ave.
But Eppse added, "My house is OK."
She said ODOT made a fair offer.
"It was no problem at all," she said.
James Hiendlmayr said he is losing about 20 feet from his property in the 2000 block of George Street.
"They treated us fairly," Hiendlmayr said. "I thought it was a reasonable deal."