Surviving Eminent Domain: KSDK-TV5 (St Louis MO), 4/15/05

Former Residents Near Lambert Talk About Being Forced Out

Dozens of homeowners in St. Louis City and County will be forced to move, once construction begins for improvements to Highway 40. Five years ago, homeowners near Lambert St. Louis International Airport lived that nightmare.

The runway project called W1W affected dozens of homeowners in communities close to Lambert Airport. Fred and Laverne Neuroth lived in the Carrolton subdivision for 42 years and raised 4 children in their home, before they were forced to move 3 years ago

The Neuroths moved to O'Fallon, Missouri. After they were bought out, the couple had 2 months to find a new home. "Trying to find a new place that fits the needs of your family is a hard task," says Fred.

"You're no longer in control of your life-that's where the problem comes in", says Laverne. The Neuroths believe younger homeowners received better prices for their homes and had overall better experiences with relocating than older homeowners.

Fred and Laverne say the people they dealt with from the airport were fair, for the most part, but their lives will never be the same. "All of those memories. You can't put a price tag on them", says Fred.

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