Officials in Greenville, North Carolina hope their plans to widen Evans Street from two lanes to four lanes will help correct traffic problem in town. Unfortunately, some residents are likely to lose private land as part of the project. A detailed article on the proposal is available here.
A roadway-improvement plan currently under development in Greenville would widen a section of Evans Street into four lanes from the existing two. The section of roadway to be developed, beginning with Greenville Boulevard and continuing to Cooper Street and Worthington Road in Winterville, would also add bike lanes and include a sidewalk. For some local homeowners, however, the expansion plans will require they lose at least a portion of their privately held land.
Private Land at Risk
While the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has not yet finalized their plans, they acknowledge the projected expansion would require the seizure and condemnation of private property under eminent domain. Until the plans are in place, they do not yet know how much land they will need to acquire.
Some residents feel existing traffic volume makes the project necessary, noting the roadway is very busy at nearly all times of day. At the same time, concerned homeowners want to know much land they will be losing—and how much compensation NCDOT will offer before the project is scheduled to begin in 2021.
Time is of the Essence
Once you have received notice that your property is being taken, there are time limits to take legal action. These depending on the entity is condemning your land. The notice you receive—known as a “condemnation complaint”—states why your property is being taken, how much is being taken, and how much it is believed to be worth. Under North Carolina land condemnation and eminent domain law, you must take legal action within the time limit if a condemnation complaint is filed by one of these agencies:
- North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)—If the NCDOT is condemning your property, you must file an answer to its condemnation complaint within 12 months.
- North Carolina Department of Administration (NCDOA)—If the NCDOA or a local public or private condemnor is seizing your property, you must file your answer within 120 days.
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If your land, home, or business is affected by any type of land condemnation; call Henson Fuerst at 866-821-3146 for a FREE CONSULTATION. An experienced eminent domain and land condemnation lawyer will speak with you and answer all of your questions. At Henson Fuerst, we will explain your options—and stand with you every step of the way in fighting to protect your rights to the fair and just compensation you may deserve.
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