Massive US 701 Bypass Widening Project Leaves Property Owners With Questions, Concerns of Lost Value

The widening of US 701 Bypass, a nearly $50 million road project affecting more than 175 properties, is finally slated to move forward.

However, the offers some property owners receive from state officials may amount to far less than what their property is worth, according to former NCDOT attorneys at the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm. They suggest that rather than accepting these offers, owners may want to exercise often-misunderstood rights, including the ability to negotiate for a “second check.”

A seminar on Thursday evening, March 29, at 7 P.M. at the Quality Inn Whiteville will explore property owners’ rights at no cost to participants (more below).

Whiteville property and business owners in the path of the US 701 Bypass widening will soon receive purchase offers from state officials. According to attorney Jason Campbell, with the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm and former NCDOT attorney, 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 arrangement, without losing the first offer.

If continued negotiations do not change the offer, the owner still has the first offer. But if continued negotiations are successful, the property owner will receive a “second” check in addition to the first offer.

“We hate it when we see property owners get less money than they should, simply because they didn’t know the full extent of their rights,” said Stan Abrams, also with the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm and a former NCDOT attorney.

The NC Eminent Domain Law Firm will host a free informational session on Thursday, March 29th at the Quality Inn Whiteville (1415 N JK Powell Blvd, Whiteville, NC 28472) to answer property and business owners’ key questions. Those questions typically include:

  • How will the value of my property be calculated?
  • Can I assume the offer for my property is fair?
  • How is fair market value determined?
  • What if I lease space? Will there be allowances to move my business?
  • Should I get my own appraisal?

For more information about the meetings, please call the NC Eminent Domain Law Firm at 1-877-393-4990.

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 led by attorneys Stan Abrams and Jason Campbell, both of whom previously worked as Assistant Attorneys General for the North Carolina Department of Justice in the Transportation Section, where they litigated condemnation cases for the NCDOT. They have over 30 years of combined experience working exclusively on eminent domain cases. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin has the legal resources of 46 attorneys and is based in Durham, North Carolina, with 13 additional offices throughout the state to serve its clients.

Contact Information:

Stan Abrams


NC Eminent Domain Law Firm

517 Owen Drive

Fayetteville, NC 28304

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