City Prepares To Use Eminent Domain Power

After months negotiation, the City of Lynchburg will move forward with implementing eminent domain rights on a piece of property on Wards Ferry Road near the site of the new Heritage High School. The landowner, Wayne Henson, wouldn’t accept the city’s offering price on the site. Eminent Domain is the power to take private property for public use by a state, municipality or other entity authorized to exercise functions of public character, following the payment of just compensation to the owner of that property. The City Attorney says the city still hope it can work out a deal. But, if no deal is struck, the suit will go to trial to determine what the property is worth. A condemnation suit was filed Jan. 28, after Henson failed to produce an appraisal.

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