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FAYETTE COUNTY -

Two projects are underway to demolish buildings in order to make an area in our community safer to live. But some residents in the Fayette County neighborhood said it's a cover-up for something else.

Wednesday the Fayette County Commissioner President sat down with 59 News and went over the 2 projects the county is in the middle of.

Both projects involve demolishing structures for safety reasons and to beautify the community.

But when we walked through the streets of the homes the county plans to take apart, the neighbors told 59 News us an entirely different story.

Recently the Fayette County Commission discussed the progress of the Beautification project and the Dunloup Creek Voluntary Floodplain Buyout. The Beautification project tears down buildings people see as blemishes on the community.

"In the beautification, they are definitely eyesores. They are structures that people want out of our community. We get a lot of calls from people drawing our attention to homes, garages and other structures that they say draw people away from the community," said Fayette County Commissioner President Matthew Wender.

The other project, The Dunloup Creek Voluntary Floodplain Buyout, tackles the issue of flooding along Dunloup Creek.

The project "buys out" the homes and demolishes them. It targets 190 homes and so far the county has bought out 98 homes.

"It's not mandatory, if you apply for it, you're given an appraised value of your home and if you choose to not proceed with the buyout, you're welcome to back out at any point in time," Wender said.

But those living in Dunloop creek told 59 News a completely different story.

Francie Crist tells 59 News she believes the county is using the flood water to cover up damage done by work on the Summit Bechtel Boy Scout reserve. She showed 59 News all the damages on her home, which she says if from the blasting.

"We feel that the watershed has been a big cover up just to stop from paying damages to the homes. It's a lot cheaper to buy us out then to fix our homes. We don't want to leave," Crist said.

Crist told 59 News that the buyout is beneficial for some, not all.

"Yes, it has benefited those who have been flooded but not all of us are being flooded. Those of us who haven't been flooded, we have incurred damages to our homes, with complete neglect," said Crist.

There is no ending point for the Beautification project but the Dunloup Creek Voluntary Floodplain Buyout has a federal deadline of September 2014.