BOISE, Idaho -- The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's ruling favoring the state in an eminent domain case where a business contended it lost customers because the loss of land resulted in the loss of visibility of signs to passing motorists.
The Idaho Business Review in a story published Wednesday reports the court ruled June 29 that businesses in the state can't seek damages from the state for a loss of visibility.
The owners of the former airport Holiday Inn in Boise sought $7.5 million in compensation following the Vista Avenue widening project that included a sound wall. The state offered about $40,000.
Justice Jim Jones wrote that the lower court was correct in ruling that a "right of visibility" hasn't been recognized as a property right in Idaho.