Eminent domain case on trial: Salina (KS) Journal, 2/3/05

Foley Equipment wants compensation

By David Clouston

How much is land in proximity to Wal-Mart stores worth? The answer may decide a civil case on trial in Saline County District Court.

Foley Equipment Co. is appealing the award of court-appointed appraisers for its land that was acquired as part of the reconstruction and reconfiguration of the highway interchange at Interstate Highway 70 and Ohio Street. The jury is to determine just compensation and any damages allowable by law.

The case centers on 4 acres of land, two permanent easements and a temporary construction easement. Foley seeks compensation of $665,000. A panel of three appraisers awarded the company $229,016.

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