Improvements at U.S. 17 and Smith Avenue, Shallotte, Brunswick County

Shawn Evans, partner with The Law Group, attended the most recent DOT Public Hearing for construction planned at the Smith Avenue and U.S. 17 Interchange in Shallotte, NC (U-5862).  At this time the Department has selected a “preferred alternative”  for construction and announced they plan to begin right of way acquisition in the Fall of…

Independence Boulevard to be Extended

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is currently planning a proposal to extend Independence Boulevard approximately 1.7 miles from the Randall Parkway Intersection to Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway (U.S. 74).  Based on its current schedule, the Department plans to host an initial public hearing sometime this calendar year to discuss proposed plans.  This project…

Permanent Utility Easements

Permanent Utility Easements: In eminent domain and condemnation cases a common form of taking is a permanent utility easement.  It has become common practice for the Department of Transportation to acquire easements for public utilizes including water/sewer lines and easements for electric utilities.  When these takings occur the property owner still owns the underlying land,…

A Win for Alternative Dispute Resolution

A win for alternative dispute resolution: The NC Court of Appeals enforced an arbitration provision.  Are you interested in learning more about alternative dispute resolution? Attorney Melissa Gott handles mediations and collaborative law cases. Call today 910-251-6088 By Tara Muller In the world of public opinion, alternative dispute resolution still struggles to compete with its crusty cousin…