Front Royal Reaches Agreement on Criser Road Bridge Easement
15 August 2017 News
The town of Front Royal has reached an agreement to use a piece of land belonging to a resident during construction of Criser Road Bridge. Stephen C. Lockhart has agreed to temporarily let the town use a piece of land he owns during construction of the bridge at the intersection of Remount Road and Criser Road. The town has agreed to pay Lockhart $10,000. The town must return the property in the same condition once construction is done.
Originally the town was only willing to pay Lockhart $6,000, which they say was the fair market value for it, but he would not budge on his asking price. The town additionally was willing to pay Lockhart $25,000 for permanent use of the land. However, Lockhart wanted $100,000.
The town was considering condemnation of the land through eminent domain to help resolve the situation. A public hearing had been scheduled for last night. However, the two parties reached an amicable agreement before the hearing.