Property owners claim unfair treatment by state in beltway project

Kathryn Lasley test a chunk of broken concrete in what was once a neighbor's driveway adjacent to her own home. (David Rolfe/Winston-Salem Journal)

Kathryn Lasley test a chunk of broken concrete in what was once a neighbor's driveway adjacent to her own home. (David Rolfe/Winston-Salem Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Kathryn Lasley said she remembers a time when her neighborhood off Yadkinville Road was full of houses.

That was before the N.C. Department of Transportation decided that the western leg of the northern beltway would come straight through her neighborhood on its way around Winston-Salem.

Many of the lots on Floral Lane now stand empty: Lasley said the N.C. DOT bought out most of her neighbors, who were able to sell their houses to a company that moved them away to other places. Most of the lots on Floral Lane are now owned by the state, and many of the state-owned lots stand empty.

“These house-movers purchased them from the former owners, and the people moved the houses one by one to somewhere else,” Lasley said, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The state didn’t buy Lasley’s land, and that’s why she is a plaintiff in one of more than 50 lawsuits that have been filed against the state by attorney Matthew Bryant.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal.

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