A Harnett County jury awarded a property owner $5,084,000 earlier this week for the taking of his partially redeveloped hotel. Amar Patel was represented by the Cranfill Sumner LLP attorneys George Autry and Jeremy Hopkins. The trial lasted six days with the jury ultimately deliberating for approximately 50 minutes.
The department initially offered Mr. Patel $244,825 for the partial taking of his property located at the intersection of I-95 and Spring Branch Road in Dunn. At the trial, the property owner presented evidence from two appraisers suggesting damage in the range of $4,916,209 to $5,251,000.
“Mr. Patel spent years buying and renovating his property. It is gratifying to have the jury validate that hard work and recognize the damage the Department of Transportation project will have on it,” said George Autry, an attorney with Cranfill Sumner.
“This was about getting Mr. Patel fair value,” added Jeremy Hopkins, an attorney with Cranfill Sumner.