TTA exercises eminent domain for a Durham car repair shop: Carolina News-14 (Raleigh-Durham NC), 1/19/06

By Ann Forte

The Triangle Transit Authority [TTA] said it did nothing wrong when it exercised eminent domain for a Durham car repair shop.

Last year, the TTA seized Bob's Service Garage on Alston Avenue.

But, the shop's owner, Bob Morrison, hasn't moved out yet. His lawyers maintain it's because he can't afford to leave.

A TTA lawyer said the transit authority is giving him about $216,000 for the property.

His lawyers said it was appraised for more than $350,000.

"He's been asked to accept $165,000 less than the appraisal,” Stephanie Autry, Morrison’s lawyer, said. “He's been told he's got to move out by January 1st, which he's not done, which he couldn't do because he didn't have anywhere to go."

The TTA is charging Morrison about $2,000 a month in rent to stay on the property.

His lawyers say hasn't paid it yet because he can't afford it.

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