Thank you for your interest in Chad Brown Law. If you are viewing this content, then it is likely that you are facing the possibility that some, if not all, of your property will be taken from you. The Eminent Domain Attorneys at Chad Brown Law are here for you and as a token of that support, we have prepared the following information to hopefully help you better understand what the project is all about and why they have targeted your property.
A. Project Number: I-2513
If you would like more information about this project, then simply go to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) website and type “I-2513” into the search bar. This will bring up all the information that the NCDOT has on their website about the project.
B. Who will be condemning/taking the properties? NCDOT.
A “condemning” authority is the entity that has the right to take your land from you to accomplish a public purpose such as creating a new freeway in this instance.
C. What are they taking? The NCDOT is taking a strip of land that exists along an already-existing right of way that runs from the intersection of I-26 andI-40 to US 19/23. This project will take place in Buncombe County, NC. This project could potentially affect those living or working on Smokey Park Hwy and Sand Hill Rd. in a more egregious manner. A bridge will need to be built on Sand Hill Rd. and the already existing bridge over Smokey Park Hwy will need to be resurfaced. This could lead to longer terms of congestion in traffic.
D. When will they be taking it? The right of way acquisitions were scheduled to begin sometime in 2022. However, the schedule is preliminary and subject to change. Construction has been slated to begin in 2024.
E. Why are they taking the property? The NCDOT is taking the property to accommodate more traffic in an ever-increasing metropolitan area. The goal of the project is to create a new Multi-Lane Freeway.
F. How can they take it? The NCDOT can take your property through the exercise of eminent domain. However, the NCDOT is supposed to compensate you for the property that they take from you. The typical measure for compensation is normally the “fair market value” of the property being taken. This can be measured in various ways according to law and should be discussed with your attorney.