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Eminent Domain Appraisals

Infrastructure is important to our day to day lives, from the roads we travel to the utility lines that power our homes and businesses. Eminent domain is an important part of the process by which infrastructure grows and changes with us. However, eminent domain is a sensitive matter that takes experience and quality effort, both in working with affected owners and in the estimation of value and impacts to property.

For over 20 years JMA has specialized in eminent domain, and has been a trusted source to consultants, highway departments, utility providers, municipalities, etc., to provide right-of-way acquisition appraisals for vital infrastructure projects.

Our staff of MAI-designated appraisers is experienced across a variety of property types, takings and impacts. Our team-based process allows us to get underway on projects and assignments quickly, establish consistent values quickly, and our focus on quality reporting and an internal review process assures timely delivery of reports that are clean, clear and easy to understand, and as such are reviewed and approved quickly.

Our reports help our clients routinely settle more claims, without the need for condemnation.

We work diligently with owners, to spend the time necessary to learn about their property and their concerns, and to adequately address those in our appraisals. We recognize that making an owner feel comfortable and heard is an important part of the overall process.

Cost Estimates

The cost of right-of-way acquisitions and property impacts is a major component to the overall cost of infrastructure projects. Knowing a project’s projected right-of-way cost is vital to properly establishing a project budget, and as part of a sound, overall fiscal spending budget. Knowing projected right-of-way cost also benefits project planning, as it highlights areas where impacts and costs may be unusually high, prompting redesign, realignment, or some other feature change/addition that can eliminate or limit such impacts.

Having a right-of-way cost estimate that is both current and accurate is therefore important to the overall planning and budgeting of a project. As specialists in eminent domain work, we recognize that tax assessment – the typical basis for most cost estimates – are often woefully inconsistent or inaccurate. At JMA, we work to use the best data possible, and in the best manner possible when doing cost estimates, and approach acquisitions and impacts from an appraisal basis such that the result is ultimately a more sound and accurate estimate of value.

Condemnation Support and Expert Witness Testimony

With appraisals prepared by JMA, our clients express having much higher confidence when negotiating right-of-way acquisition claims with property owners. Further, many property owners also feel more confident and assured in the valuation and treatment of their property with JMA reports. As a result, our clients have reported higher rates of settlement and lower rates of condemnation when utilizing JMA appraisals in their negotiations.

In cases where a condemnation claim is filed, the appraisers of JMA are experienced, prepared and qualified to work with attorneys throughout the litigation process and to serve as expert witnesses in court.

JMA appraisers have helped to secure positive pre-trial settlements and jury verdicts across many eminent domain cases. JMA appraisers have also been sought out to prepare appraisals specifically for court, for attorneys seeking a more competent valuation and expert witness, over an existing report and witness.

Experience

The appraisers of JMA have a background in commercial property valuation, and are experienced in the valuation of various property types.

JMA has appraised property of all types throughout North Carolina and Virginia, and has worked in diverse geographic and economic areas, from rural and agricultural areas to major economic centers including the Piedmont Triad, Triangle, and Charlotte Metropolitan areas of North Carolina and the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. and Virginia Beach areas of Virginia, including Northern Virginia’s ‘Data Center Alley’ in Loudoun County.

JMA has appraised corridors for rail, power and other utilities, including power lines ranging from 115kV to 765kV.

Clients & Projects

Clients

JMA serves all manner of clients in need of eminent-domain related valuation or consultation services, including consultants, state or local highway departments, utility providers (power, pipeline), municipalities, attorneys, and property owners.

Some of our clients include or have included:

  • North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Dominion Energy
  • Right of Way Consultants, LLC
  • Professional Property Services
  • The Right of Way Group, LLC
  • TELICS
  • HDR
  • American Electric Power
  • Duke Energy
  • City of Greensboro
  • McGuireWoods
  • Virginia Department of Transportation
  • West Virginia Department of Transportation
  • Mississippi Department of Transportation

Projects

The staff of JMA has worked on hundreds of roadway and powerline projects throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Some of the many projects JMA has handled include:

NCDOT:

  • Greensboro Urban Loop / I-840 – all sections (Guilford Co.)
  • NC 68 Connector (Guilford Co.)
  • Jamestown Bypass (Guilford Co.)
  • US 220 / Battleground Aveue widening (Guilford Co.)
  • US 64 Asheboro Bypass / Zoo Connector (Randolph Co.)
  • Western Winston Beltway – Map Act related study and appraisals (Forsyth Co.)
  • Fayetteville Bypass – multiple sections (Cumberland Co.)
  • NC 42 widening (Lee Co.)
  • US 17 / Hertford S-bridge (Perquimans Co.)
  • US 311 – multiple (Stokes Co.)
  • Mebane Bypass (Alamance Co.)
  • S. Mebane Street widening (Alamance Co.)
  • US 29 widening (Rockingham Co.)
  • US 421/321 widening – in Boone, NC (Watauga Co.)
  • US 321 widening – in Blowing Rock, NC (Caldwell Co. / Watauga Co.)
  • US 321 widening – in Hickory (Catawba Co. / Caldwell Co.)
  • Troy Bypass (Montgomery Co.)
  • NC 24/27 widening – multiple sections (Montgomery Co.)
  • I-74 Bypass – multiple sections (Richmond Co.)
  • I-85 widening – multiple sections – Lexington (Davidson Co. / Rowan Co.)
  • I-85 / US 29/601 widening (Cabarrus Co.)

City of Greensboro:

  • A&Y Greenway – Norfolk Southern Rail Corridor

Power Lines:

  • Dominion – Clinch River (Wise, Russell Co., VA)
  • Dominion – Gainesville-Haymarket (Prince William Co., VA)
  • Dominion – Meadowbrook-Loudoun 500kV (Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock Co., VA)
  • Dominion – Pacific 230kV (Loudoun Co., VA)
  • Dominion – Poland Road 230kV (Loudoun Co., VA)
  • Dominion – Pope Road (Halifax Co., NC)
  • Dominion – Remington-Gordonsville (Orange, Fauquier, Culpepper Co., VA)
  • Dominion – Scotland Neck 115kV (Halifax Co., NC)
  • Dominion – Shawboro-Aydlett (Currituck Co., NC)
  • Dominion – Skiffes Creek (James City, VA)
  • Dominion – Trowbridge-Pantego (Beaufort, Washington Co., NC)
  • Dominion – Vint Hill-Wheeler (Prince William Co., VA)
  • Dominion – Waxpool (Loudoun Co. VA)
  • AEP – Blaine-Westlake-Penhook (Franklin Co. VA)
  • AEP – Jackson’s Ferry-Wythe (Wythe Co., VA)
  • AEP – Wyoming-Jackson’s Ferry 765kV (Bland Co., Tazwell Co., Wythe Co., VA)

VDOT:

  • Route 28 / Wellington Road (Prince William Co.)
  • Route 29 / Gallows Road (Fairfax Co.)
  • Route 66 – Gainesville (Prince William Co.)
  • Route 460 Downtown Grundy Relocation Project (Buchanan Co.)