A jury awarded Joe and Mona Nemer $2.7 million for their property on Exchange Street.
That means almost 5 percent of the stadium cost will go toward buying one parcel of land.
I am absolutely shocked, but one can guess that sympathy played a part. The Nemers are immigrants who started their own business. The university has millions upon millions of dollars. Also, the Nemers' attorney Warner Mendenhall is a whiz at going after the government.
The next step is for the university to appeal this ruling. Since the only issue on appeal will be the amount of compensation, it should not delay the demolition process.
An appeal, however, has a low chance of success because the jury's monetary assessment is a question of fact, which can only be reversed for clear error. If there is any evidence that supports the $2.7 million figure, the Nemers will keep that fat check.