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Homeowners rights meeting held over Lenoir County DOT project

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KINSTON, Lenoir County - Thursday night was a chance for some impacted homeowners to have their voices heard.

A meeting was held in Kinston that allowed homeowners who will be impacted by a NC Department of Transportation project to hear what their rights are in the situation. That project is the extension of Harvey Parkway, NC 148. It was announced in 2015 an expansion would happen. It's expected to begin work in late 2018.

Homeowners recently learned how their property would be impacted. The project would create a more direct route from Lenoir County to Pitt County.

Imminent domain lawyer Stan Abrams hosted the property rights seminar for those homeowners.

"There is a lot to be done to stop the DOT from taking someone's property but the constitution says the property owner is entitled to just compensation. The DOT has to pay just compensation to the property owners for what they are taking," Abrams said.

Abrams said the best advice he could give the property owners impacted is to speak to a lawyer about the value of your property.

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