DURHAM, N.C., May 22, 2013 LawFuel.com — The NC Eminent Domain Law Firm, a division of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin , will host a public meeting for property owners affected by the Alston Avenue widening project and the East End Connector project that will connect US 70 and NC 147.
The firm encourages property owners who will be affected by these projects to attend their complimentary seminar at the Downtown Durham Marriott on Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m.
According to the firm, both the Alston Avenue and East End Connector projects are in the “land acquisition stages” and property owners are likely to receive government offers soon – if they haven’t already.
Both projects have received “pushback” from the community, due to the businesses that will be forced to close and the residents who will lose their homes.
“My biggest concern is that they’re not going to make an offer that will enable us to make the transition”
The East End Connector project will affect approximately 150 properties and force 36 property owners to relocate – 21 homeowners and 15 businesses. Its budget is projected at $156 million.
Waterproofing business owner, Jim Lindsley , will lose a third of his property to the project and is concerned his offer from the Department of Transportation may not be fair, according to a report by WRAL.
“I don’t have a problem with the greater good,” said Lindsley. “My biggest concern is that they’re not going to make an offer that will enable us to make the transition.”
The $30 million Alston Avenue widening project was actually re-designed after the DOT received complaints about their plans to remove Los Primos Supermarket, the only grocery store in the neighborhood for about a mile.
“Oftentimes the government’s process makes owners feel like they don’t have a ‘say'”
The NC Eminent Domain Law Firm hopes to provide property owners with helpful information at the public seminar. Topics will include “How to best protect your right to challenge the government’s offer” and “Steps you can take to try to maximize the proposal you receive for your property”.
Attorney Stan Abrams is scheduled to lead the seminar. Mr. Abrams was a litigator for the NC Department of Transportation for several years before switching “sides” to join the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm.
“In my experience, the DOT treats the land acquisition process just like any other buyer – they want to pay as little as possible,” Abrams said. “And oftentimes the government’s process makes owners feel like they don’t have a ‘say’ in the process, but they can actually have a big impact and may be able to generate a higher offer, if they take the right legal steps.”
Call the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm at 1-877-393-4990 for more information about the meeting.
ABOUT THE NC EMINENT DOMAIN LAW FIRM:
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 headed by attorney Stan Abrams . Mr. Abrams has five years’ experience working as an Assistant Attorney General for the North Carolina Department of Justice Transportation Section, where he litigated condemnation cases for the NCDOT. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin has the legal resources of 31 attorneys and is based in Durham, North Carolina, with offices throughout the state to serve its clients.