Eminent Domain is an important tool in our society. Courts continue to redefine what it means and how it can be used. Sometimes the process is as simple as small takings of frontage to allow for construction of sidewalks or road widenings, while other times, uses are far more reaching, including the acquisition of private property to be transferred to private developers for large, for-profit construction projects.
While the merits of some projects are debatable, the important thing is that the property owners are adequately compensated for their losses, including damage to the residue (property not taken).
Michael Flak has worked for over 20 years on many eminent domain projects in Northeast Ohio. I have worked for both the acquiring agency as well as property owners. If you are a property owner who is facing the loss of part or all of your property due to government action, call for a free consultation.