Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Nearly $2 Mil Judgement Against St Louis County in Eminent Domain Case

Eminent Domain Case

The Missouri Supreme Court just handed down an opinion affirming a jury’s  award of $1,950,000 to a an owner of property 1653 Creve Coeur Mill Road which was taken by eminent domain by St. Louis County for the Page/Olive connector as part of the Highway 141 extension.

The events leading up to this case began in December 2009 when St Louis County filed a condemnation suit against  property owners to make way for part of the extension of highway 141 which included 1653 Creve Coeur Mill, at the time owned by descendants of Arthur and Stella Novel.  According to court records, the Novels first acquired the property in 1904.  In 2010 the court entered the condemnation order clearing the way for St Louis County to acquire the property from the Novel’s and other property owners.  The Novel’s and the county were not able to reach an agreement on the price, therefore, consistent with state eminent domain laws, the court appointed three commissioners to determine the value of the Novel’s property.  Ultimately, the commissioners awarded the Novels $320,000 for their property which the Novels were not satisfied with and requested a jury trial.  From the best I can tell from the court documents, the Novel’s would have accepted a price of $496,000 from the county at the time.

Prior to the trial, the commissioners filed a new report stating that the Novels had owned the property for more than 50 years, which is significant as Missouri eminent domain law requires a 50 percent bonus (Heritage Value) to be paid when property taken has been in the same family for 50 years or more.  As a result, the court awarded an additional $160,000 to the Novels as Heritage value, bringing the total for their 15 acres to $480,000.  The jury trial then took place in December 2011 resulting in the jury awarding the Novel’s $1.3 Mil for their property and the court adding $650,000 for the heritage value, resulting in a total judgment for $1.95 Mil for the Novel’s (I’m guessing at that point St Louis county was wishing they would have went ahead and paid the Novel’s the $496,000 they wanted).  St Louis county filed an appeal on several grounds, however, today, the Supreme Court handed down it’s decision affirming the judgment of $1.95 Mil to the Novel’s.

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

31 comments to Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Nearly $2 Mil Judgement Against St Louis County in Eminent Domain Case

  • Great article, exactly what I was looking for.

  • Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely feel this site needs
    far more attention. I’ll probably be returning to
    read through more, thanks for the information!

  • Hi are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started
    and create my own. Do you require any html coding expertise to make your own blog?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • I blog quite often and I genuinely appreciate your content.
    Your article has truly peaked my interest. I am going to book mark your website and keep checking for new
    information about once a week. I subscribed to your RSS
    feed too.

  • Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew
    of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was
    hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I
    look forward to your new updates.

  • I’ll immediately grab your rss as I can not find your email subscription hyperlink or newsletter
    service. Do you’ve any? Please permit me recognize in order that I could
    subscribe. Thanks.

  • I think this is one of the most vital info for me. And i’m glad reading your article.
    But want to remark on few general things, The website
    style is ideal, the articles is really excellent
    : D. Good job, cheers

  • You really make it appear really easy together with your
    presentation but I in finding this matter to
    be really something which I think I would never understand.
    It sort of feels too complex and extremely large for me.
    I’m having a look ahead for your subsequent submit, I’ll try to get the
    hold of it!

  • Quality content is the secret to attract the viewers to
    pay a visit the site, that’s what this web page is providing.

  • Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but
    after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyways, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back frequently!

  • Aw, this was a very good post. Taking the time and actual effort
    to create a really good article… but what can I say…
    I procrastinate a whole lot and don’t manage to get nearly anything
    done.

  • I want to to thank you for this fantastic read!!
    I certainly loved every bit of it. I’ve got you saved as a favorite to check out new stuff you post…

  • I every time emailed this website post page to all my contacts,
    since if like to read it next my links will too.

  • It is really a nice and helpful piece of information. I am glad that
    you just shared this useful info with us. Please stay us up to date like this.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • I have been exploring for a bit for any high-quality articles or blog
    posts on this sort of house . Exploring in Yahoo I finally
    stumbled upon this web site. Studying this information So i’m happy
    to show that I’ve a very good uncanny feeling I found out just what I needed.

    I so much without a doubt will make certain to don?t omit this website and provides it a glance on a continuing basis.

  • Link exchange is nothing else but it is only placing the other person’s blog link on your page at suitable place and other person will also do same in favor of
    you.

  • I think everything typed was actually very reasonable.
    However, think about this, suppose you wrote a catchier post title?

    I am not suggesting your information is not good., however
    suppose you added a title that grabbed a person’s attention? I mean Missouri Supreme Court
    Upholds Nearly $2 Mil Judgement Against St Louis County in Eminent Domain Case is kinda plain. You could glance
    at Yahoo’s home page and note how they create news titles to grab viewers to open the links.
    You might add a video or a related pic or two to grab
    readers excited about everything’ve written. Just my opinion,
    it would make your posts a little livelier.

  • Spot on with this write-up, I seriously believe this
    website needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the
    information!

  • It’s remarkable designed for me to have a web site, which is beneficial for my experience.

    thanks admin

  • Hello, its nice paragraph concerning media print, we all understand media is a fantastic source
    of facts.

  • We are a group of volunteers and opening a brand new scheme in our community.

    Your web site provided us with helpful information to work
    on. You have done a formidable process and our entire community might
    be thankful to you.

  • An intriguing discussion is worth comment.
    There’s no doubt that that you need to write more about this
    issue, it might not be a taboo subject but generally folks don’t discuss such
    topics. To the next! Kind regards!!

  • Wow, incredible weblog structure! How lengthy have you been blogging for?
    you made blogging glance easy. The total look of your website is excellent, as
    smartly as the content material!

  • Today, I went to the beach front with my kids.
    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old
    daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She
    placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  • This piece of writing is truly a nice one it helps new net viewers,
    who are wishing for blogging.

  • Good article. I certainly love this website. Keep writing!

  • I like it when people come together and share opinions.

    Great site, keep it up!

  • Hey! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this page to him.

    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  • Pretty great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to mention that I have truly loved surfing around your weblog posts.
    In any case I’ll be subscribing in your rss feed and
    I’m hoping you write again soon!

  • Very good article. I’m going through a few of these issues
    as well..

  • Awesome! Its genuinely awesome paragraph, I have
    got much clear idea concerning from this piece of writing.

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>