The Florida Department of Transportation continues to acquire land in Overtown and Park West in order to rebuild I-395, with plans that include a Signature Bridge.
Earlier this month, a court approved a $2 million payment to artist George Sánchez-Calderón for a building on a 4,205 square foot lot in Overtown. Sánchez will also receive $422,000 in court and attorney fees related to his fight of the eminent domain proceedings. He paid just $105,000 for the property in 2001.
Another case made headlines this year when FDOT used eminent domain to take control of a home from an 80-year-old Overtown resident, whose family had owned the property since 1917.
FDOT is taking 86 properties by eminent domain for the project. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.