City Moves Forward With Eminent Domain on Property for New Herit - - ABC13

City Moves Forward With Eminent Domain on Property for New Heritage High


Lynchburg, VA- The fate of a piece of property near the site of Lynchburg's new Heritage High School has been sealed. The city has said the piece of land at 3010 Wards Ferry Road is needed for the new project, but the landowner wouldn't accept the city's offering price. After months of back and forth, the city has moved forward with eminent domain.

Lynchburg City Attorney Walter Erwin says the condemnation suit was filed Jan. 28, after property owner Wayne Henson failed to produce an appraisal. The city originally offered Henson $186,000, and even went as high as $225,000. Henson wanted $420,000 for the property, which he bought in 2006 for $140,000.

The city has filed a condemnation suit, and deposited their original offer of $186,000 with the court, giving them ownership of the piece of land. Erwin says he hopes the city can still work out a deal with the property owner. But, if no deal is struck, the suit will go to trial to determine what the property is worth.

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