ODOT Forced to Pay Business Owner for Damages

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The Ohio Department of Transportation used eminent domain to take one-half acre of a 17-acre parking lot to expand access roads to Port Columbus airport. The work and resulting road configuration damaged the remaining property of our client, the owner of the long-term airport parking lot.  It eliminated the property’s southern entry point and removed the ability of traffic to enter the lot parking lot.  The state initially offered the property owner $69,000 as compensation.  Knowing our client deserved more, we took the state to court.  After a three-day trial, the state was forced to pay more than $850,000 for taking our client’s property.Columbus Dispatch