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Eminent Domain Information
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Nor Shall Private Property Be Taken For Public Use, Without Just Compensation
- The 5th Amendment, U.S. Constitution

Royals Stadium, Crossroads District, Kansas City, MO

The Kansas City Royals plan to build a new stadium on Oak Street, in the Crossroads District, where several buildings will need to be torn down that are currently occupied by business owners. These business owners are not ready to give up their storefronts and are ready to fight!

The Crossroads Community Association plan to hold meetings sometime next week before moving forward with the Royals.

Royals Stadium, Crossroads District, Kansas City, MO

For more information

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So, what happens next?

While the United States and Misouri constitutions allow for the use of eminent domain for this type of project, they also stipulate that landowners must be paid “just compensation” for their property.

The Denlow & Henry law firm has represented thousands of property owners in eminent domain cases in over 56 counties throughout Missouri for more than 35 years.

Denlow & Henry principal Paul Henry, said the firm has seen every kind of condemnation case imaginable, from individual landowners to large corporations and properties ranging from single family residences, retail, industrial and agricultural.

How does eminent domain work?

The legal process used to take property is called condemnation and is controlled by Missouri statutes and court rules, including:

Henry said the primary disagreement in most condemnation cases is about money, but in some cases the more important issue is to get the agency to agree to changes in the project to minimize negative impacts. In cases where a property owner must leave the property, there are relocation issues and expenses that may be reimbursable.

Landowners who receive an notice of taking or an offer from an agency should not sign anything until they have a lawyer look at the documents, because there is no way to undo the transaction after an agreement has been reached. In fact, property owners should not speak to a government representative or appraiser about their property before seeking legal advice. In condemnation, property owners receive a one-time payment for all of the impacts to a property that’s being taken or affected by a project. It is incredibly important that an attorney with years of experience, knowledge and skills be consulted because there is no second chance after the acquisition is completed.

The attorneys at Denlow & Henry will initially consult with property owners for no charge. This will often include a visit to the property to assess the situation.

What are property owners owed?

Simply stated, a property owner is entitled to “just compensation” which means the fair market value of their property. However, the rules of valuation in the condemnation setting can be complicated. When a project only requires an easement or a portion of a property, there may be damages to the portion that remains. In Missouri, this is called consequential or severance damages. Depending on the circumstances, consequential damages may be significant. While the land value disagreement is fairly straight-forward consequential damages are typically more complicated and may not be as apparent to someone who does not have experience in condemnation cases.

Again, it is critically important that anyone who receives an eminent domain offer doesn’t sign anything until after consulting with a lawyer, because there’s no way for an agreement to be undone. There is just one opportunity to be compensated for a taking and property owners should take time to carefully consider what they are owed.

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