Residents worry about borrow pit, demolished bald eagle habitat

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Eric Schultz is tired of the view outside of his bedroom window -- it is a borrow pit full of water and overgrown bushes.

"My general concern is safety," Schultz said. "We love to eat on the patio but it is an eyesore," said Schultz.

Schultz said before the bulldozers came the Timber Oaks subdivision was home to the bald eagle. Then went they began clearing the land the eagle was without a home.

"He circles around here as if he's still looking for his home," said Schultz.

The property belongs to Vallencourt Construction.

"When we got the property it was already cleared," said Michael Vallencourt.

Vallencourt said the property was re-permitted for excavation purposes, but then the construction market hit a slump.

"The project is on hold," he said. "We are trying to sell it we are not developers."

District Councilman E. Denise Lee said she is concern about the condition of the property.

"I was afraid that this would happen," said Lee. "We have a safety hazard."

Lee said she plans to discuss the issue with the city's general counsel to determine her next course of action.


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