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By Wesley Brown

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The multi-million-dollar 10th Street Connector is nearing full development, but questions raised by property owners who will be displaced by the critical highway link between East Carolina University and Vidant Medical Center are far from answered.

Answers to key questions are promised tonight at 7 during a free informational session being held by the N.C. Eminent Domain Law Firm at the Hilton Greenville.

A division of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, the N.C. Eminent Domain Law Firm represents property owners throughout North Carolina who may be affected by state right-of-way acquisitions.

“Regardless of the size and scope of the project, the state has an obligation to pay homeowners the fair value for their homes, businesses and land but, unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen,” said attorney Stan Abrams, head of the N.C. Eminent Domain Law Firm. “There are a lot of things homeowners just don’t know when it comes to such important negotiations.”

Abrams’ experience in litigating condemnation cases spans five years as an assistant attorney general for the N.C. Department of Justice, where he worked numerous transportation projects involving millions of dollars of buyouts.

Owners along the proposed 1.4-mile stretch have voiced concerns about being fully compensated for their land, homes and businesses. But despite the attention, as the N.C. Department of Transportation begins negotiations for land, questions remain, Abrams said.

Among the issues to be addressed tonight include:

How will the value of property be calculated?

Does an owner have a say in how much the property is worth?

Does the owner have to accept the NCDOT’s offer on property?

Does the owner have a say on how much of the property will be taken?

Should an owner get an appraisal?

The first batch of fair-market appraisals in the $27 million worth of property acquisition for the project came in September. Construction, estimated to cost $19.6 million, is expected to begin in October.

Beginning at Memorial Drive, with improvements ending at 10th and Evans streets, the proposed four-lane connector will widen symmetrically down Farmville Boulevard before crossing through a neighborhood and rising into a bridge over the railroad tracks at Dickinson Avenue.

The 10th Street Connector is expected to displace about 30 residences, 24 businesses, seven institutions and potentially affect dozens of other property owners.

For more information about the meeting, call the N.C. Eminent Domain Law Firm at 1-877-393-4990.

Contact Wesley Brown at 252-329-9579 or wbrown@reflector.com. Follow him on Twitter @CityWatchdog.

via The Daily Reflector.

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