Nine homes in the path of Evergreen Line
For 63 years, Patricia Harris has lived in and loved her childhood home in Coquitlam, B.C.
But the home now stands in the way of the Evergreen Line.
The province wants to demolish the Harris home and eight others on Clarke Road to make way for the raised SkyTrain track that would link Burnaby and Coquitlam.
"It's very upsetting, you know, to lose your home," she said.
Harris said the province wants everyone out by this time next year.
In the coming weeks, the homes will be appraised and the province will offer to buy the properties based on those numbers.
Not everyone is willing to leave.
Anne Tang lives next door to Harris. Her home is only three years old.
"I like my place. I don't want to move," she said. "My place is new. I moved in. I'm settling down. That's impossible."
But it is possible. The provincial government has the right to expropriate property if it's needed for a major transportation project, such as the Evergreen Line.
What if residents refuse to leave?
"Our focus is reaching a consensual agreement," said Dave Duncan, director of the Evergreen Line project. "At the end of the day, we have to move the project forward. We'll cross that bridge when we come to them."
But he faces another obstacle -- funding.
TransLink has said it can't afford the Evergreen Line right now. But the province is going ahead with preliminary work anyway.
Duncan said he's confident it will happen.
If that's the case, the Tangs' new home and Harris' old one will have to go.
"I don't want to watch it, no. Too many memories," Harris said.
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Shannon Paterson