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North Spokane Corridor a harsh reality for homeowners, businesses still in its path

Since construction began in 2001, 606 pieces of property have been purchased by the Washington State Department of Transportation, and 533 buildings demolished. Much of that destruction has been in Jim Ringo and Patricia LaVoie’s neighborhood, even if the highway is still miles and years away from coming to this part of East Central.

Developer loses eminent domain fight in Idaho

BOISE – The Idaho Supreme Court last week ruled against a developer in a long-running eminent domain dispute in North Idaho, even ordering the company to pay some of the state’s legal fees. The developer, H.J. Grathol Co., was “shooting for the moon” and seeking much more money from the state than its 16 acres were worth, Justice Jim Jones wrote.

Idaho landowners battle with state to get land compensation

Alan Johnson’s company lost 16.3 acres of prime property along U.S. Highway 95 in North Idaho when the state seized it for a new interchange under eminent domain law. Now the developer stands to lose $1.1 million, which is how much the state paid an outside law firm to wrangle over reimbursement for the property.

RI governor open to seizing 2003 club fire site

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Monday he was open to using eminent domain to seize the site of a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people so families of the victims and survivors could build a memorial on it. The blaze at The Station nightclub in West Warwick on Feb. 20, 2003, was set off when pyrotechnics for the band Great White set fire to flammable foam that lined the club's walls. Three people were convicted in the blaze: club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian and Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele, who lit the pyrotechnics.