HILLSBORO, Ore. – The state of Oregon bought a house for an 86-year-old woman whose home of more than 40 years stood in the way of a highway expansion project.
In 1972, Patsy Burnsed and her late husband Melvin bought a house on Groveland Drive. Their six children grew up there.
ODOT needs to bulldoze the homes on Groveland to expand Highway 26. Officials offered Burnsed $200,000 to move out of her house, but the widow wouldn’t have seen any of the money because she had a reverse mortgage. It would have gone straight to the bank that owned her house.
So the state came up with a solution to buy a house nearby and allow her to live there rent-free.
“Our house is old and kind of beat up,” said Patsy. “But we have a lot of memories there.”
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