Council leaders have selected the homes scheduled for demolition as part of an ambitious traffic scheme planned for Aberdeen.
A preferred option for a key junction of the £26.4million Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme has now been approved by the council.
The upgrade would see the existing road widened to a dual carriageway from Skene Square to St Machar Drive roundabout.
But the junction option involves the demolition of 1, 2 and part of 6 Caroline Place, and would also affect the grounds of 3 Caroline Place and The Father’s House.
The properties are within a conservation zone and detailed design has not been completed for the scheme.
But the decision, taken at full council, should now allow this to happen prior to any potential compulsory purchase order later this year.
The council has also warned that 166 Hutcheon Street may be demolished after the authority purchased it earlier this year.
Council leader Jenny Laing said: “The Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme is one of several major infrastructure projects worth a total of £560million which are leading one of the biggest transformations the city has had – these include the Third Don crossing, the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR/B-T), and the A96 Dyce Park and Choose and Link Road.
“The Berryden Corridor Improvement would represent a substantial upgrade to the local and strategic transport network and will benefit motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
“Improvement of this corridor also helps the delivery of other infrastructure routes and a better journey throughout the city, and also supports wider network policies such as the City Centre Masterplan.”
The preferred option would allow the road to be realigned to ensure it does not affect land belonging to 82-84 Skene Square and 14 Forbes Street.
The next stage in the process is for council officers to hold discussions with the owners of the affected homes ahead of any compulsory purchase orders.
Graham Brown, 60, of 3 Caroline Place, who is the carer for his 87-year-old mother, has raised fears his may be the only house left in the surrounding area.
He added: “It will mean two years of upheaval for both myself and my mum.
“If homes around me are being taken, I don’t want to find myself in the situation where I am stuck in the middle of a roundabout.”