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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project has brought a lot of changes to north Lake Charles.

"I've been through neighborhood transitions, but nothing like this," said Linda Papion.

Papion has lived on 1st Avenue for 40 years. She was originally told her property would be acquired for the project. She even packed up part of her home. Two years later, she's still in limbo.

"No communication at all is worse than getting the answer you don't want to hear. 'I don't know' - is good the first time, but after that, you need some answers," said Papion.

Papion lives within feet of where phase one ends. With all but one of her neighbors bought out, she took her questions to the Lake Charles City Council.

"I have concerns as a citizen. My home is in need of some major repairs. So, I don't want to make the investment if they eventually decide they are going to purchase my property. I just need to know something," said Papion.

According to city officials, phases two and three of the project are at a standstill as engineers look at several different routes and consider environmental concerns. However, Papion said what has been done so far has not only increased the flow and speed of traffic, but the criminal activity on her property.

"I'm not pointing a finger at anybody ... things happen and crime is crime, but when you're exposed this way and the worst part for me is at night. It's scary," said Papion.

Papion said regardless of what direction the city takes, she's ready to move.

"It's not a way of life I want to spend my retirement in. It just isn't. And I don't believe I should have to. I just feel that they should have completed the acquisition process first because citizens should come first," said Papion.

Meanwhile, Papion said she'll continue to attend the city council meetings until the problem is resolved.

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