“Getting a second opinion on important decisions is the American way and our 'second check' system provides an opportunity for that second opinion," said Kevin Mahoney, an attorney at NC Eminent Domain Law Firm and a former Special Deputy Attorney General who represented the NCDOT.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (PRWEB) June 22, 2021
A massive widening of US 158 will soon lead dozens of home and property owners in Forsyth and Guilford counties to the bargaining table with the NCDOT.
The US 158 construction project (between US 421 and Belews Creek Road) will affect hundreds of properties, including homes, churches, and businesses along approximately 20 miles of the increasingly busy artery. Construction will take place in these phases:
- Section A is 5.1 miles long and will impact nearly 250 properties. It begins just north of U.S. 421/Business 40/N.C. 150 and ends at Belews Creek Road in Forsyth County. Section A construction will begin in Forsyth County in 2022.
- Section B is 7.2 miles long. It begins at Belews Creek Road in Forsyth County and ends at Anthony Road in Guilford County. Section B construction will begin in 2026.
- Section C is 6.5 miles long. It begins at Anthony Road in Guilford County and ends at U.S. 220 in Guilford County. The construction schedule for Section C of the project is still to be determined, but is not expected before 2028.
The NCDOT has set aside more than $23 million to compensate home and property owners for these projects.
The offers some property owners receive from state officials may amount to far less than what their property is worth. These offers will not make up entirely for the potential danger they may face from the increase in traffic or the frustration when trying to sell their property with a greatly diminished market value, according to former NCDOT attorneys at the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm.
Home and property owners affected by these projects are invited to attend a seminar at no obligation whatsoever to learn more about their rights:
By North Carolina law, property owners whose land or businesses are targeted for acquisition ultimately receive an offer from the state. If the owner chooses not to accept the offer and takes no further steps, the state will still acquire the land and deposit the amount of the original offer with the County Clerk for the owner.
This is where the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm’s “second check” approach saying comes into play. In most cases, the property owner is then free to pursue a potentially better, fairer arrangement — without losing the first offer.
If continued negotiations do not change the offer, the owner still has the first offer. But if continued negotiations are successful, the property owner will receive a “second” check in addition to the first offer.
“Knowing what is legally compensable, and having read hundreds of appraisals, there are certain things that quickly jump off the page to an experienced reader,” Kevin Mahoney, an attorney at the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm and a former Special Deputy Attorney General who represented the NCDOT, said. “Getting a second opinion on important decisions is the American way and our 'second check' system provides an opportunity for that second opinion.”
The NC Eminent Domain Law Firm is available to talk with property and business owners and to try to answer questions about the unique circumstances regarding their individual properties. Those questions typically include:
Property owners who have questions about this project and how it will affect them are encouraged to:
About the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm
The NC Eminent Domain Law Firm is dedicated solely to representing property owners impacted by eminent domain law. It is led by three former Attorneys General who represented the NC Department of Transportation handling some of their largest and most important cases. The firm’s attorneys have over 70 years of combined experience working exclusively in land condemnation. The NC Eminent Domain Law Firm is a division of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, which has more than 50 attorneys, based in Durham, North Carolina, with 15 additional offices statewide: Asheville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Henderson, Morganton, New Bern, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford, Wilson, and Winston-Salem.
NC Eminent Domain Law Firm
301 N. Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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