Houses being moved to make room for new Oak Ridge shopping center

2:45 PM, Nov 29, 2012   |    comments
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An Oak Ridge neighborhood is emptying out, and it's not just the residents who are moving.

Two house moving companies will be moving about 20 homes, to make way for a new Kroger Marketplace shopping center in Oak Ridge.

The developer bought out the homes, along with a church and some other property, to make way for the 26 acre project.

The homes and buildings that can't be moved will be demolished.

Residents say they are excited to see the new development coming in, even though it meant selling their homes.

"For me that house was an investment property, so I didn't have any emotional attachment to it. It made sense to sell it. And I would look forward to more business in Oak Ridge. So I'm excited about it," said Roger Brown.

The homes being moved are for sale.

The house removal is set to be completed by late February.
Kroger hopes to open its new store in early 2014.

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