Eminent Domain

Appraisals for Eminent Domain & Related Assignments

Prior to 1998

Client: Santa Clara Valley Water District
Project: Coyote Creek Flood Control Project
Location: Lands of Sakauye
681 East Trimble Road, San Jose
Purpose: Estimate the fair market value of a flood control easement and any severance damages and benefits

Client: Santa Clara Valley Water District
Project: Coyote Creek Flood Control Project
Location: Cilker Ranch
North Side Highway 237 at Coyote Creek, San Jose
Purpose: Estimate the fair market value of a flood control easement and any severance damages and benefits

Client: California Department of Transportation
Project: Highway 85
Location: Quito Veterinary Clinic
13561 Quito Road, Saratoga
Purpose: Full take

Client: City of San Mateo
Project: Laurie Meadows Grade Separation
Location: 4242 South El Camino Real
Purpose: Estimate the fair market value of a partial taking (abutter’s rights – access) with severance damages and benefits

Client: City of Belmont
Project: Widening of Ralston Avenue
Location: Multiple properties, Ralston Avenue, Belmont
Purpose: Estimate the fair market value of a series of partial takings with severance damages and benefits

Client: Santa Clara County Transportation Agency
Project: Guadalupe Light Rail Corridor
Location: Multiple properties, Tasman Drive, Marriott Business Park, Santa Clara
Purpose: Estimate the fair market value of a series of partial takings with severance damages and benefits

Client: City of Mountain View
Project: Extension of Amphitheatre Parkway
Location: Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View
Purpose: Estimate the fair market value of a partial taking with severance damages and benefits

Client: Attorney General, State of California
Project: Proposed Garrapata State Beach
Location: Doud Ranch, unincorporated area Monterey County
Purpose: Estimate fair market value of the part taken as part of the whole in conjunction with an inverse condemnation suit

Client: Oceanic California (Castle & Cooke)
Project: Electric transmission lines
Location: Coyote Valley, South San Jose
Purpose: Estimate the fair market value of a partial taking (power line easement) with severance damages and benefits

Client: California Department of Transportation
Project: Parking lot for railroad station
Location: Benton Street, Santa Clara
Purpose: Full take

Client: Redwood Shores Owners Association
Project: Public school site
Location: Redwood City, California
Purpose: Estimate the fair market value of the covenants, conditions, and restrictions affecting the school site that were being taken in eminent domain by the City

1998

Client: WSJ Properties
Project: 115,000 s.f. MOL office building
Location: Menlo Park
Purpose: Leasehold condemnation by the General Services Administration for the U.S. Geological Survey

2000

Clients: Keith Casto, Esq. / Rosenblum, Parrish & Isaacs; Mr. Will Goodwyn
Project: Street widening
Location: Berkeley
Purpose: Estimate fair market value of a partial taking and any severance damages and benefits affecting a leased service station
Clients: Drew Piunti, Esq. / Ferrari, Olsen, Ottoboni & Bebb; St. Michael Investments
Project: Construction of a flyover for the Interstate 680/580 interchange
Location: Enea Plaza Shopping Center, Dublin

Purpose: Estimate fair market value of the partial taking in fee, and easements, with severance damages and benefits, affecting an improved parcel

2002

Client: Washington Mutual Bank
Project: Vasona Light Rail Project
Location: San Jose
Purpose: Estimate fair market value of footing and temporary construction easements, with severance damages and benefits, affecting an apartment complex

2003

Client: Sahadi Properties L.P.
Project: Widening of Montague Expressway
Location: San Jose
Purpose: Estimate fair market value of the part taken in fee and a temporary construction easement affecting a 180,000 s.f. headquarters office/R&D facility

Client: Mr. and Mrs. John and Rosemary Wells
Project: Acquisition of water main and storm water drainage easements
Location: Los Altos Hills
Purpose: Estimate the fair market value of a water main easement taken by the Town of Los Altos Hills and the Purissima Hills Water District; estimate the fair market value of an easement for draining storm water and runoff taken by the Town of Los Altos Hills; and estimate the diminution in the fair market value of the single-family residence from the overburdening of an appurtenant easement for ingress and egress and other limited purposes

2004

Client: Lucas Properties, L.P.
Project: U.S. Highway 101/Ralston Avenue interchange
Location: Belmont
Purpose: Estimate fair market value of the partial taking in fee, easements, and temporary construction easements, including severance damages and benefits, affecting an automobile dealership, and the fair market value of a remnant parcel offered in exchange

Client: Joseph Durante, Esq.
Project: Acquisition of property for the development of new San Jose City Hall
Location: San Jose
Purpose: Estimate the fair market value of the fee simple and leasehold interests in a retail property, and a lease termination fee

2011

Clients: General Growth Properties, Inc.; Eastridge Shopping Center LLC
Project: Capitol Expressway Light Rail Phase I (Bus Terminal Expansion)
Location: Eastridge Mall, San Jose
Purpose: Estimate the fair market value of the fee simple interest in: (a) that portion of the Eastridge Mall that comprises the larger parcel in “before condition,” i.e., prior to the proposed taking by the Valley Transportation Authority; (b) the part proposed to be taken as a part of the whole; (c) the remainder, i.e., the larger parcel in “after condition”, including severance damages, if any, offset by any benefits; and the fair market value of : (d) four temporary construction easements; and (e) two perpetual ingress/egress easements to be imposed upon the remainder parcel.

2012

Client: Michael Betz / Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP; the Clinton T. Reilly Family Trust
Project: Leasehold condemnation
Location: 3870 Rosin Court, Sacramento
Purpose: Estimate the fair market value of the leasehold estate being taken by the United States of America on behalf of the General Services Administration

Client: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
Project: PG&E gas line easement
Location: 5488 Marvell Lane, Santa Clara
Purpose: Perform an appraisal review of the Valuation Summary Statement and make a determination as to whether the estimated fair market value of the easements represents probable just compensation for the property rights being taken

2016

Client: ROS, Inc.
Project:Llagas Creek Flood Control Project
Location:12860 Llagas Avenue, San Martin
Purpose:Appraisal review, and preparation of opinions of value as to the partial taking with severance damages offset by benefits

Also, the following assignments did not involve the threat of eminent domain but were analogous to condemnation appraisals in the methodologies employed:

Prior to 1998

Client: Quail Hollow Quarry Committee (comprised of representatives of the County of Santa Cruz, Granite Rock Company, Santa Cruz Aggregates, and the South Ridge Neighborhood Association)
Project: Vested rights litigation regarding the South Ridge Area of Quail Hollow Quarry
Location: Unincorporated area Santa Cruz County
Purpose: Estimate the fair market value of rights analogous to a partial taking with severance damages, to assist in settlement discussions

Clients: City of San Bruno and the G.W. Williams Co.
Project: Widening of El Camino Real and San Bruno Avenue
Location: El Camino Real, San Bruno Avenue, and Sneath Lane, San Bruno
Purpose: Estimate the fair market value of two partial takings and a City-owned parcel offered in exchange

Client: California Department of Transportation
Project: California Avenue Railroad Station
Location: Alma Street, Palo Alto
Purpose: Proposed acquisition, analogous to full take

Client: California Department of Transportation
Project: South San Francisco Railroad Station
Location: Grand Avenue, South San Francisco
Purpose: Proposed acquisition, analogous to full take

Clients: City and County of San Francisco; Leland Stanford Junior University
Location: Stanford Research Park, Palo Alto
Purpose: Estimate fair market ground rent for certain surface rights along the Hetch-Hetchy

1998

Clients: City of Palo Alto and Premier Properties
Property: Commercially-zoned parcel
Location: Palo Alto
Purpose: Fair market value of an ingress/egress easement for an underground parking garage affecting a City-owned parking lot

Client: Chicago Title Company
Property: Rural home site
Location: Unincorporated area Monterey County
Purpose: Valuation of an ingress/egress easement affecting a rural residential property as the servient tenement

Client: Varian Associates
Properties: Office/research and development facilities
Location: Stanford Research Park, Palo Alto
Purpose: Reciprocal sublease of certain areas to establish a shared, nonexclusive driveway

Client: Pete McCloskey, Esq. / Wylie, McBride, Jesinger, Sure & Platten
Properties: Rural residences
Location: Unincorporated San Mateo County

Purpose: Diminution in the market value of single-family residences from overburdening of an easement affecting a private roadway

1999

Client: Larry Anderson, Esq., City Attorney, City of Burlingame
Properties: City-owned parking lots and a shopping center owned by Safeway
Location: Burlingame
Purpose: Market value of the parcels proposed to be exchanged, in before and after condition, and easements, as well as any impacts analogous to severance damages

2001

Client: City of Daly City
Property: Undeveloped open space lands
Location: Daly City
Purpose: Estimate fair market value of an underground sanitary sewer and storm drain easement to be acquired by the City of Daly City from the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation

Client: Mr. Larry Anderson, City Attorney, City of Burlingame
Properties: City-owned parking lots and a shopping center owned by Safeway
Location: Burlingame
Purpose: Market value of the parcels proposed to be exchanged, in before and after condition, and easements, as well as any impacts analogous to severance damages

2008

Client: Mr. Larry Anderson, City Attorney, City of Burlingame
Properties: City-owned parking lots and a shopping center owned by Safeway
Location: Burlingame
Purpose: Market value of the parcels proposed to be exchanged, in before and after condition, and easements, as well as any impacts analogous to severance damages

Client: The Link Living Trust, Kok Po Ng, Lily Chan Ng, and the Kok Po Ng Trust
Properties: Two improved commercial properties
Location: San Francisco
Purpose: Market value of two parcels of real property before and after an appurtenant easement for vehicular ingress and egress was permanently obstructed by construction on the servient tenement

2011

Client: South Bayside System Authority
Project: Agreement Amending Lease Agreement and Transferring Title to Recycled Water Treatment/Storage/Pumping Facilities
Location: 1400 Radio Road, Redwood City
Purpose: Estimate a market rate of ground rent for a 1.167-acre MOL portion of the Lands of South Bayside System Authority based upon the market value of the fee simple interest in the property according to its highest and best use and a market-based rate of return, to assist in the negotiation of ground rent by and between SBSA and the City of Redwood City

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