There are a few interesting wrinkles with this one.
no building plans or architectural drawings of any kind have ever been presented to the village for review, [the city said].
Officials also said the veterans submitted plans for repairs are insufficient or incomplete.
Such a public position by the city, to the extent it is an accurate quote, ought to be worth something in the damage calculation.
Further, it appears the city is intentionally depriving the owner of his right to repair in hopes the city will be able to buy it on the cheap. If so, at the least, the amount of any insurance proceeds the insurer would be obligated to pay - as a result of the policy owner paid for over the years - ought to be included in any assessment made.
That really is sad and I wish there was a way to help with that. Sounds like the village will end up paying more than their offering if it can be shown they are doing this without any basis of reality...
Here in Washington State you have to show clear public purpose to buy property for anything other than roadway right of way. Even in my right of way purchases and how they were extremely contentious we still couldn’t buy the guy completely out just to make him go away. we could only buy what was necessary to build the road.
Once you invoke ED you can go the judge and get immediate use and possession. They do this to keep the cost to construct the road low as to delay would see those cost go up with inflation waiting for the court to resolve the issues.