May 31st, 2012

Final State Approval for Wekiva Parkway

On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Transportation gave final approval to the $1.66 billion Wekiva Parkway project. The Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority had approved it back in February, and the FDOT had agreed in principle to assist with the funding and construction, but it was not until Secretary Anath Prasad signed his name on Tuesday that it became final. Construction will likely begin in the last quarter of this year, on portions of the project where the land is already owned by the State.

If you own property that may be impacted by the new Wekiva Parkway, or have questions about eminent domain generally, please contact GrayRobinson, P.A.’s eminent domain attorneys at (407) 843-8880 or by email, bsmith [at] gray-robinson.com.

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January 9th, 2012

Wekiva Parkway in the News

On Friday, the FDOT presented the Wekiva Parkway Financing Plan to the staff of MetroPlan Orlando at a specially set meeting.  The staff voted to forward the plan onto the Board of MetroPlan for consideration at its next meeting.

The board meeting for MetroPlan, which was previously set for 1/11/2012, was moved to 1/17/2012 to allow time for three MetroPlan Orlando committees to meet and consider various aspects of the Wekiva Parkway.  It is anticipated that MetroPlan Orlando will vote on the 17th whether to go forward with the Wekiva Parkway.  If approved, the FDOT and the Orange-Osceola Expressway Authority will use eminent domain to begin acquiring the properties necessary for the construction of the roadway.

The Orlando Sentinel says “It’s now or never” for the Wekiva Parkway.

If you own property that may be impacted by the new Wekiva Parkway, or have questions about eminent domain generally, please contact GrayRobinson, P.A.’s eminent domain attorneys at (407) 843-8880 or by email, bsmith [at] gray-robinson.com.

 

Florida Eminent Domain

December 21st, 2011

More Wekiva Parkway News

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Osceola County Commissioner Brandon Arrington is publicly questioning the Wekiva Parkway project, fearing it will cause delays to road projects near St. Cloud. 

Arrington joins Orange County Commissioner Ted Edwards who vocalized opposition to the project last week.

Meanwhile, FDOT officials maintain that the money needed to build the Parkway is available and any delays experienced by other projects is a result of reduced gas tax revenues, not a reallocation of funds to the Parkway.

MetroPlan Orlando must approve the plan to construct the Wekiva Parkway, at which point the FDOT has said construction could begin as early as next year.  Edwards and Arrington are two members of the 19-member MetroPlan Orlando and thus far, no other members have indicated any opposition.

You can read the full article here.

If you own property that may be impacted by the new Wekiva Parkway, or have questions about eminent domain generally, please contact GrayRobinson, P.A.’s eminent domain attorneys at (407) 843-8880 or by email, bsmith [at] gray-robinson.com.

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December 9th, 2011

Another Shocking Result

New York, which has been the site of some wild eminent domain cases of late, has outdone itself this time.

In Gyrodyne v. State of New York, the State sought 245 acres toexpand Stony Brook State University. The state offered evidence of a value in the amount of $22,450,000 for the property taken, or about $90,000 per acre.
The owner presented evidence that the value was actually $125,000,000 or about $510,000 per acre. Unlike Florida, New York does not have jury trials in eminent domain cases, and the Trial court awarded the owner’s number- namely $125,000,000 for the taking, an increase of $102,550,000 or five-and-a-half times the State’s number. Ouch.

The Appeals Court affirmed here:

http://www.nycourts.gov/reporter/3dseries/2011/2011_08562.htm

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November 14th, 2011

Wekiva Parkway Deal Reached

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that a tentative deal has been reached between the Florida Department of Transportation and the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority to build the Wekiva Parkway.

From the Sentinel:

The Wekiva agreement would have the expressway authority pay for six to eight miles of the parkway, including all of the sections in Orange and a bit that goes into Lake County. That would cost about $450 million.

The authority also would pay back about $240 million it owes the state for a complicated lease arrangement that dates back almost to the beginning of the Orlando agency. That money will help offset the state’s share of building all of the road in Seminole and most of Lake counties.

You can read more from the Sentinel here.

If you would like more information about the Wekiva Parkway including route information and its potential impact to your private property, contact us.

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