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United States v. 515 Granby, LLC, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

INITIAL OFFER: $6,175,000
JURY'S VERDICT: $13,401,741

On July 1, 2010, the United States condemned a parcel of land owned by 515 Granby, LLC for the construction of an annex to the Walter E. Hoffman federal courthouse on the corner of Granby St. and Brambleton Ave. in downtown Norfolk. The property was the site of the proposed Granby Tower, a 31 story high-rise mixed-use condominium tower. At the time of the condemnation, the property had completed the first stage of development of the Granby Tower. Significant earth work had been completed along with the relocation of utilities. Approximately 600 piles had been driven to support the high-rise tower.

When the United States acquired the property in 2010, it offered the property owner $6,175,000 as just compensation but attributed no value to the improvements or development that had taken place on the land. At trial, the United States increased its estimate of just compensation to $9,000,000, giving value to only a fraction of the improvements. The property owner presented evidence that all development activities and improvements to the property contributed value and therefore just compensation was $16,320,000. After a three day jury trial, the jury returned an award of $13,401,741 for total just compensation.

515 Granby, LLC, is now seeking reimbursement for more than $1 million in attorneys’ fees and costs on the grounds that the United States improperly instructed its appraiser to undervalue 515 Granby’s property when preparing his appraisal.

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