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Attorneys set meetings for Saluda Grade Trail landowners

Attorneys Lindsay S. Brinton and Meghan S. Largent, members of a St. Louis-based firm specializing in rails to trails litigation, will host educational meetings in Tryon and Saluda, and Landrum and Inman, South Carolina, Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the potential compensation claims of landowners who own property along the Saluda Grade railroad line.

The Norfolk Southern rail line is expected to be converted to the 31-mile Saluda Grade Rail Trail under the federal rails-to-trails program. Hundreds of landowners may be eligible for compensation from the federal government for the taking of their land, the attorneys say.
At the informational meetings, the attorneys will explain why and how a claim can be made against the federal government, timing, how landowners will be represented in pursuing their takings claims and how compensation will be determined. They will also answer property pwners' questions. The meetings, which free and open to the public, will be held at:

  • 5 p.m. Tuesday, Harmon Field Log Cabin, 299 Harmon Field Road, Tryon.
  • 9 a.m. Wednesday, Azalea Bistro, 40 E. Main St., Saluda.
  • Noon Wednesday, Landrum Depot, 211 South 562, Landrum.
  • 5 p.m. Wednesday, Bishop Farm Event Barn, 1850 Bishop Road, Inman.