City Forced to Pay For Land Taken for Aesthetic Enhancements

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A small business owner turned to Vorys when the city of Westerville offered him only $145,000 for part of his property they intended to use to install decorative fencing and extensive landscaping. Vorys lawyers argued that eminent domain could not be used for these aesthetic enhancements and that the fence and landscaping the city planned to construct on the property would block visibility and restrict access, ultimately harming business.  A jury found that the city must pay more than $1.3 million for the property.

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