Proposed Greenway Raises Safety Concerns For Homeowners

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)- After losing their homes to the historic October Flood, neighbors in a Midlands community say they could be losing their privacy.
This after a proposed greenway project could be developed close to their backyards.
Residents who live along Gills Creek tell ABC Columbia news they moved there for the peace of mind and scenery that it offered.
“It was so private, and we could sit out on our decks in our night clothes and drink coffee or do whatever and we just wanted the nature around us,” homeowner, Sandy Hennies said.
That kind of lifestyle is what drew Hennies and her husband to their Burwell lane home. Their dream place was destroyed during the October flood.
It took the couple 9 months to rebuild.
 “The house had to be totally rebuilt,” Hennies said. “All new heat and air.”
Now the Hennies along with other residents who live on Gills creek say they’re tackling a new battle, a proposed greenway.
“We’re proposing a compromise to move the greenway approximately three blocks down to the south side of Jackson Boulevard where there is parking,”” homeowner Jim Reid said.
“People don’t understand the trauma of what has happened and how that stresses you,” Hennies said. “I have awaken in the night twice this week, thinking about this greenway and worrying about it. We just don’t need that, we need some time to heal and get back together.”
City Council members say this proposal has not been confirmed just yet.
“The plans have not been drawn yet, they haven’t been engineered,” Council member Daniel Rickenmann said. “There is still opportunity to make changes, there is still a lot of work to be done before finale phases to start beginning to get engineering plans drawn.”
Residents have a list of request they plan on presenting to the council.
“Do something that would be a workable solution for everybody,” Reid said.
Residents are expected to meet with council members on Tuesday to have their concerns heard.

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