Thomas Devine, a local attorney, has been retained by as many as 20 residents who might have to relocate to provide Foxconn the land to build its facility.
During the public comment portion of the Mount Pleasant Village Board meeting on Monday, two residents spoke about the possibility of Foxconn buying their land to build its facility.
Pat Petersen, who lives on Braun Road and is a client of Devine, said for the past several months “we have all been living in limbo not knowing exactly what’s going to happen and when.”
“These were going to be our forever homes. Many of us are living on our family farms and cherish our heritage dearly,” Petersen said. “It is not our choice to be moving and leaving our homes behind to be bulldozed down. Racine County, the governor and Foxconn have made the decision for us.”
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The bottom line is that Foxconn will have to pay property owners as if it were a real estate transaction. Foxconn and the city’s chances of obtaining and acquiring these properties through eminent domain is minimal for a variety of reasons.