Controversial I-85 Widening Leaves Property Owners With Questions, Concerns of Lost Value

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The NC Eminent Domain Law Firm Will Host a Seminar for Property Owners on 3/12 to Explain Property Owners’ Rights and Possible “Second Check”

“We hate it when we see property owners get less money than they should, simply because they didn’t know the full extent of their rights,” said Stan Abrams, an attorney with the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm.

The I-85 widening project, a confusing and highly controversial $200 million NCDOT project, is currently slated to move forward, disrupting the lives and properties of hundreds of Cabarrus County residents.

Owners will soon receive offers for their homes and businesses. The offers some of these property owners receive from state officials may amount to far less than what their property is worth. Rather than accepting these offers, owners may want to exercise often-misunderstood rights, including the possibility of negotiating for a “second check.”

A seminar on Thursday evening, March 12th, at 7PM at the Comfort Inn & Suites Kannapolis - Concord will explore property owners’ rights at no cost to participants (more below).

Potential Business Impact
Even after several adjustments to the widening plans, hundreds of residents, businesses and property owners will be affected by the project including merchants who may see traffic completely diverted from their longstanding shops.

Property owners in the path of the project, or who may be affected by it, will soon receive offers from state officials for their properties. According to Jason Campbell, an attorney with the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm and former NCDOT attorney, property owners should be careful -- a project that’s taken decades to get underway can spare a few moments to ensure citizens get a fair shake.

“Homeowners receive a very official offer and think that is the ‘law’ for what they are able to receive,” Campbell said. “If an offer has been made, there may be a more complete and satisfactory offer to be gained through reappraisal and negotiations.”

“Second Check”
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 take 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.

The NC Eminent Domain Law Firm’s “second check” approach comes in after officials make their initial offer. The property owner is free to pursue a better, fairer arrangement without losing the first, in most cases.

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.

“We hate it when we see property owners get less money than they should, simply because they didn’t know the full extent of their rights,” said Stan Abrams, an attorney with the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm.

The NC Eminent Domain Law Firm will host a free informational seminar on Thursday, March 12th to answer property and business owners’ key questions. Those questions typically include:

  • How will the value of my property be calculated?
  • Can I assume the offer for my property is fair?
  • How is fair-market value determined?
  • What if I lease space? Will there be allowances to move my business?
  • Should I get my own appraisal?

The seminar will be held at the Comfort Inn & Suites Kannapolis - Concord, 3033 Cloverleaf Parkway, Kannapolis, NC, 28083.

For more information about the meetings, please call the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm at 1-877-393-4990.

About:
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 35 attorneys and is based in Durham, North Carolina, with offices throughout the state to serve its clients.

Contact Information:
Stan Abrams
1-877-393-4990
NC Eminent Domain Law Firm
280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, North Carolina 27701

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