The North Carolina Department of Transportation (“NCDOT”) continues to move forward with plans to widen Highway 70 in James City, Carolina Colours, and towards Havelock. Property owners with property bordering Highway 70 and streets intersecting with Highway 70 may be impacted, as the State’s preliminary plans indicate that they will take property in order to widen the road, as well as take property temporarily during the construction phase. The State typically begins this process by sending representatives to meet in person with property owners to discus the impacts on their property, has the property appraised, and makes an offer to the property owner. If the property owner does not accept the offer, the State will file a condemnation action in the Craven County Superior Court, and a jury will decide what the property owner is entitled to.
The North Carolina Legislature did a study that found that property owners who did not accept the State’s offer received on average 85% more for their property than if they accepted the deposit made by the State with the Court.
Because our lawyers live and work in New Bern, our firm is more familiar with the Highway 70 area and the New Bern real estate market than some of the outside solicitations that you will receive from other law firms. Based on our prior experience in condemnation cases, knowledge about the local real estate market and the property is essential with negotiating a fair price with the State for your property. Laurie Bigg, John King, and I are leading this project for our firm. Give us a call to schedule a free consultation to discuss the State’s procedure in more detail.