Phyllis Hanniford and Graham Finch said that, like many people during this recession, they can no longer afford the payments on their dream house, but because the state plans to build a road through their property, they're now unable to sell it, and the state isn't ready to buy it.

"It's heartbreaking, really," said Hanniford. "We built this thinking that it would be our last house."

All four houses in Ellis Creek Landing, a small development at the end of Riley Road in the town of James Island, are in the path of the Mark Clark Expressway (I-526). One has been foreclosed upon.

The town and the state deny they should have played any role in preventing new luxury homes from being constructed in a place where the state could end up having to buy them.

Read more in Tuesday's editions of The Post and Courier.