Lowball Watch — Virginia

WAVY.com (which we presume is a radio or TV┬ábroadcast station) reports the Virginia Department of Transportation settled a condemnation lawsuit in Portsmouth for over seven times its original offer. VaDOT took a part of the owner’s land for a new bridge, and offered $125,607 for the required strip of land, but the offer did not include any severance damages┬áto the remainder of the land which was severely impacted by the taking that bisected the property. But after two years of hanging tough VaDOT came around and settled for a total of $925,000.

The story does not indicate why VaDOT failed to offer anything for severance damages at the beginning of the matter. See http://wavy.com/2014/08/14/vdot-settles-in-eminent-domain-lawsuit/

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