When a portion of an owner’s lot is condemned for a public project, the value of the property is clearly diminished. Arguably, however, the property’s value may be enhanced by the benefit conferred by the project, as by having convenient access to a main road or some other public amenity. Such enhanced value could not traditionally be considered in determining the award unless it was deemed a “special benefit” to the individual property owner and not a “general benefit” shared by the entire community.
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