NC 42 Widening Project in Lee County Leaves Property Owners With Questions, Concerns of Lost Value

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s widening of NC 42, a $35-million road project affecting more than 100 properties, is finally slated to move forward.

The NCDOT will shortly begin offering to buy land from the adjacent property owners for the widening. However, the offers some property owners receive from the NCDOT may amount to far less than what their property is worth, according to former NCDOT attorneys at the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm. The NCDOT needs to pay the property owners fairly for both the land they are taking and for any damages they are causing to the owners’ remaining land. These former NCDOT attorneys suggest that rather than simply accepting these offers, these owners should first educate themselves by learning about the process, understanding what property rights are being taken, and understanding how the taking may affect their remaining property.

Former NCDOT attorneys from the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm will hold a seminar on Thursday evening, January 11, at 7 P.M. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center which will explore property owners’ rights, explain the process, and discuss common property owner pitfalls and best practices for dealing with the NCDOT. There is no cost to attend.

Lee County property and business owners in the path of the NC 42 widening will soon receive purchase offers from state officials. According to attorney Jason Campbell, property owners should be careful – a project with this size and scope 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 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 comes in. In most cases, the property owner is then free to pursue a potentially better, fairer…

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