“It’s a sad truth that in situations like this, property owners may receive much less for their land than they could have - just because they don’t realize they can negotiate for more and the best way to go about doing so,” Attorney Stan Abrams said.
Newton, NC (PRWEB) February 10, 2015
Although Catawba County residents have been anxiously awaiting the NC 16 widening, many are concerned with the NCDOT’s “superstreet” design and the fact that the state will take their land and other rights to accommodate it.
Roughly 9-miles of NC 16 will be widened, beginning at Tower Road in Maiden, NC up to Caleb Setzer Road in Newton, affecting over 150 parcels of land and more than 100 home and business owners.
Property owners are right to be concerned, according to former NCDOT attorney Stan Abrams.
“It’s a sad truth that in situations like this, property owners may receive much less for their land than they could have - just because they don’t realize they can negotiate for more and the best way to go about doing so,” Abrams said.
In addition, the “superstreet” design, which eliminates left turns and replaces them with U-turns at designated intersections, may be especially devastating for businesses, according to Abrams’ colleague, Jason Campbell.
“Imagine your business is a gas station, located at an intersection directly across the street from another gas station. Formerly to lure customers across, all you had to do was advertise a lower price than the other guy’s. But if suddenly cars can’t access your station, without having to drive another half mile down the road and then U-turn, your station becomes much less appealing,” Campbell said.
Campbell and Abrams, are both former attorneys for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. They left the NCDOT and joined the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm to help “even the playing field” for property owners.
To help those affected by the NC 16 widening, Abrams and Campbell are giving a free seminar to educate home and business owners about their rights and options. The seminar will be held at 7pm on Thursday, February 12th at the Crown Plaza of Hickory on Lenoir Rhyne Blvd.
“We’ll be giving away some really valuable information – such as how property owners may be able collect the government’s first offer, without technically accepting it, so they at least have some money to use while negotiating for more,” Abrams said. “We’ll also be available to answer questions about individual properties and situations afterwards.”
Other topics for the seminar include:
- How are NCDOT offers calculated?
- What is “fair market value”?
- What if my space is leased? Will there be any relocation benefits?
- How can I know if the offer for my property is fair?
For more information about the meeting, visit http://www.nc-eminent-domain.com or call the firm at 1-877-393-4990.
A division of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm is dedicated solely to representing property owners throughout North Carolina, who may be impacted by eminent domain law. The NC Eminent Domain Law Firm is led by attorneys Stan Abrams and Jason Campbell, both of whom previously worked as Assistant Attorney Generals for the North Carolina Department of Justice in the Transportation Section, where they litigated condemnation cases for the NCDOT. They have over 20 years of combined experience working exclusively on eminent domain cases. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin has the legal resources of 34 attorneys and is based in Durham, North Carolina, with offices throughout the state to serve its clients.
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Durham, North Carolina 27701