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Dallas Fox 4 discusses the impact of the DART “Silver Line” on business owners and interviews Marrs Ellis & Hodge, LLP partner, Justin Hodge, regarding property right reform.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is planning a new line from DFW terminal to UT Dallas in Plano. As part of that construction, many landowners will be impacted, including businesses that have been operating for decades. Although many of those businesses will be severely damaged by the project, Texas eminent-domain law may not allow recovery under the Texas Supreme Court’s Schmidt “community damages” ruling. This is a “horrific standard” says Justin Hodge, that should be changed to better protect Texas landowners when their property is taken, damaged, or destroyed.
To learn more about this project, you can visit DART’s project page below.