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Wayne County Landowners Win Verdict Against WV Department Of Transportation

Reported: Mar. 31, 2014 3:39 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 31, 2014 5:27 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Tiersa Davis)-- A jury has awarded nearly a quarter of a million dollars to landowners in Wayne county against the West Virginia Department of Transportation and the Public Port Authority.

Landowners in Prichard were awarded $220,000 for four acres of land bought for the construction of the Prichard Intermodal Facility on Wednesday, according to a news release from Greene Ketchum Farrell Bailey and Tweel law firm.

The law firm said the Department of Transportation appraised the value of the property at $74,000 and said the best use for the land was for residential and pastureland purposes. The landowners disagreed with the offer. The Department of Transportation filed eminent domain and took the land, the firm said.

The landowners presented evidence in the trial that the land could be used for industrial and commercial use, the firm said. The jury sided with the owners and awarded them a verdict in their favor.



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