A three-mile long section of U.S. 60 near Rogersville, east of Springfield, will be converted into a freeway between Greene County Farm Road 241 and west of Chicory Road. Some outer roads may also be built as funding allows. This will be a design-build project contracted out by Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). With the goal of increased safety, at-grade intersections will be replaced. MoDOT has the power to use eminent domain to acquire property for this project. For more information on road projects and eminent domain please visit http://www.denlow.com/Eminent-Domain-Information/Highway-and-Road-Issues.shtml.
A new railroad overpass is being built on Greene County Route 125 over over Greene County Route D by Missouri Department of Transportation. MoDOT will have the power to use eminent domain for this project. For more information on road projects and eminent domain please visit http://www.denlow.com/Eminent-Domain-Information/Highway-and-Road-Issues.shtml.
The City of Lee's Summit, Missouri is improving Jefferson Street from Stuart Road to Persels Road. The improvements include widening and reconstructiong Jefferson Street as a three-lane road from Persels Road to Scherer Road. From Scherer road to Persels Road, Jefferson Street will be two lanes. Eminent domain can be used to acquire permanent and temporary easements for this project, as well as to acquire land needed for the widening. For more information on highway and road issues, click on http://www.denlow.com/Eminent-Domain-Information/Highway-and-Road-Issues.shtml
MoDOT, the City of Springfield, Missouri, and Greene County, Missouri, and BNSF Railway are working together to build a railroad overpass on Chestnut Expressway west of U.S. 65. Also, a new traffic signal will be installed at Chestnut Expressway and Ingram Mill Road. See http://www.denlow.com/Eminent-Domain-Information/Highway-and-Road-Issues.shtml for more information on eminent domain for road projects.
As recently reported, Denlow & Henry succesfully defended the owner of a Burger King restaurant in North Kansas City from having the property acquired through eminent domain. The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that the City acted outside the scope of its authority to acquire property for its intended use of redevelopment by a private third party. The owner of the Burger King was interviewed by a local Kansas City news station.
The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the Federal Housing Finance Agency, asking it to disclose efforts to stop municipalities from using eminent domain to bail out underwater homeowners and make its dealings with the financial industry more transparent.
A federal judge in Kansas City, Kan., has ruled against the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas in its suit against a water district.
City of North Kansas City, Missouri v. K.C. Beaton Holding Company, WD76068 and WD76110 (Mo. Court of Appeals, Western District) January 14, 2014 opinion
Grain Belt Express Clean Line proposes building direct current transmission lines beginning in Spearville, Kansas, and going through Missouri from approximately St. Joseph, across the north of the state to somewhere between Hannibal and Bowling Green, and continue through Illinois to Indiana, for a total of approximately 750 miles. The energy would be generated from wind power, and would be high-voltage-direct-current ("HVDC") lines. The Grain Belt Express Clean Line is a regulated public utility in Kansas and Indiana and anticipates becoming a regulated public utility in Missouri and Illinois.
The City of Kirkwood, in St. Louis County, Missouri, is considering redevelopment proposals for the intersection of Manchester Road and Lindbergh Boulevard (North Kirkwood Road), called the "north gateway" to Kirkwood. The redevelopment site is approximately twelve acres, and is bounded approximately by Manchester on the north and Wilson Avenue on the south. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Novus Companies submitted a proposed plan for a mixed retail and residential project (see article: http://m.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/developers-propose-projects-for-the-north-gateway-to-kirkwood/article_deb5089b-a1c3-502d-9bcf-b38cbd611abb.html?mobile_touch=true). There were also proposals submitted by other developers for smaller projects - a CVS pharmacy, and a Fresh Thyme Farmers Market speciality grocery. It is not clear at this time whether or not the City of Kirkwood will use eminent domain for this redevelopment area.