Some Pulaski County homeowners are breathing a sigh of relief after a planning committee votes not to use eminent domain to seize their property.
Many families in Somerset were upset that they could possibly lose their homes, after county officials planned to take their property to build a new judicial center.
Several families that live on Church Street in downtown Somerset were at the county development meeting after they received a letter in the mail asking them to consider selling their home and if they didn't, because of the supreme court's recent ruling okaying eminent domain, they may not have had a choice.
A Lexington lawyer represented the families who could have lost their homes to the new judicial center location.
The committee voted to remove the Church Street location entirely from a list of proposed sites for the new building and now they're considering several other options. Which include the Goldenberg's furniture business, also located downtown.
"It touches the square, it touches the courthouse, the heart of the city and this is where we'd like to see it thrive for the next 50 years," Steve Fischer, furniture store owner.
The planning committee says they will meet again in two weeks to review other possible sites, but many families are just relieved they won't have to move and find a new home.