Governor Hogan released his proposed budget on Friday, January 23, 2015. His budget includes $312.8 million for the Purple Line “pending review and reevaluation.” The MTA’s acquisition team has confirmed that its instructions are to proceed with the necessary property acquisitions. Property acquisitions are scheduled to be accomplished this year, so construction may begin in late 2015 or early 2016. Consequently, it is reasonable to assume that the budgeted funds are to permit the property acquisition process to proceed in order to keep the project on schedule. The MTA has advised that any delay in the schedule will substantially increase the overall cost of the project.
The four vendors competing for the contract to build, operate and maintain the Purple Line are scheduled to submit their bids by March 12, 2015. The bids will present the next decision point for the project, as the bids will include how much of the total construction cost the vendors offer to contribute.
The eminent domain attorneys at Miller, Miller & Canby will review any offer made by the State without charge to determine whether we believe you may be entitled to greater compensation than has been offered by the State. If you are interested in a no obligation review of your case, or if you have any questions about your rights or the condemnation process, please call our office at 301-762-5212 and ask to speak with one of our eminent domain attorneys, Jim Thompson or Joe Suntum. To learn more about our eminent domain and condemnation law practice and representative cases, click here.