Maine DOT razes restaurant to dismay of former owners

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woodcanoe
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Maine DOT razes restaurant to dismay of former owners

...."Dick Dyer said it was his understanding that the building would not be torn down until the court case had been resolved. There were rumors earlier in the year that the department planned to tear down the building, he said".....

..."He suggested the demolition may have been the department's response to stories that appeared in recent weeks updating the progress of the court case. The Dyers' complaint not only challenges the amount offered by the state for the property, it also questions whether the property was wrongfully taken in the first place"....

[url=http://www.bangornews.com/news/t/statewide.aspx?articleid=141609&zoneid=... Daily News (10/10/06)[/url]

If anybody believes that destruction of this building was just coincidence at this point in time I have some shorefront in Arizona for sale....

This is just one more example of government abuse. I cannot see, from looking at it why this building needed to be taken at all. I can understand some of the land but it was a large lot and the building was not really in the way. I guess DOT didn't want anybody to have to look at a family restaraunt while viewing the latest pride and joy edifice erected by the agency.

This is just the latest example of what to me is an 85 million dollar boodoggle. The old bridge ought to remain in place just to remind those of us who still pay taxes in this state that it had to be replaced because those we hired and paid did not do their maintenance job responsibly. They ought to be ashamed but I won't lose sleep waiting for any apology. Such is the arrogance of Augusta!

Bob MacGregor
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Maine DOT razes restaurant to dismay of former owners

A couple of comments; the reataurant was no longer in the way, and from the relocation of the highway it appeared to me it would've made a great location for a .............. restaurant!

The building was obviously removed to make the place prettier for this weekend's public "walk" across the brideg, an event I am sorrry to miss. I bet it will be quite a rush to get out there in the middle of the new span, especially if the wind is blowing.

As for removal of the old bridge, I think we should ask for bids from movie producers. Must be someone out there who needs to blow up a bridge for a new Bruce Willis flick or something. If we're waiting until we have to money to "dismantle" it, it will no doubt be there for a while.

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Maine DOT razes restaurant to dismay of former owners

[quote]The five-year battle between the Dyer family and the Maine Department of Transportation has ended. Lawyers for both parties announced Thursday, Nov. 6, that the Dyers will receive a settlement payment of $725,000 from the state.[/quote]

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Naran
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Maine DOT razes restaurant to dismay of former owners

And how much did the taxpayers spend for all the lawyers and court costs?

I am glad the Dyers finally achieved some measure of justice, although it still doesn't seem like enough.

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