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Benjamin Brown loses family home of nearly 100 years to FDOT's I-395 expansion project
Benjamin Brown has lived in his Overtown home since The Great Depression. At 80 years old, his home has been in the family Since World War I. It’s the only home Brown has lived in. But next week, the blue and white structure that has hosted many family traditions will be cleared out by a wrecking ball. Brown will be the last of some 15 residents and neighbors who have long left their homes after the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), by the power of eminent domain, decided to demolish their buildings to renovate and expand the I-395 expressway.