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Attorney for Main Street property owners explains resistance to VDOT project

The attorney for two Mathews property owners who are resisting the efforts of the Virginia Department of Transportation to obtain easements over their land contacted the Gazette-Journal last week to explain the position of one of his clients.

Stephen J. Clarke of Waldo & Lyle PC in Norfolk, a firm that represents clients involved in eminent domain cases, said that he represents both the Audrey R. Faulkner Trust, which owns the Faulkner & Son appliance store on Main Street, and the owners of Hyco Corner, the convenience store at the corner of Main Street and Buckley Hall Road.

Certificates of take issued against the properties by the Virginia Commissioner of Highways give VDOT the right to use the areas proposed for construction, as well as the right to begin construction even before any court appearance is scheduled, said Clarke. But a delay in the project allowed him to file an injunction against the agency on behalf of the Faulkners in an effort to stop construction altoget...

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