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SC to use eminent domain to take land from business

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Earth movers operate in the background as a sign points the way to Nordic in Greer. (March 13, 2013/FOX Carolina) Earth movers operate in the background as a sign points the way to Nordic in Greer. (March 13, 2013/FOX Carolina)
An artist's rendering shows the finished version of the Inland Port in Greer. (SCPA) An artist's rendering shows the finished version of the Inland Port in Greer. (SCPA)
GREER, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

The South Carolina Ports Authority said it will use eminent domain to take land from a Greer business that has called it home for 22 years.

On March 1, both state and federal leaders broke ground on the $30 million inland port that proponents called a game changer for the Upstate.

However, a refrigeration business called Nordic Cold Storage is refusing to relocate from a piece of the property slated to be used for the port.

On Wednesday, the Post and Courier of Charleston reported that members of the authority met by phone and decided to use eminent domain - which allows the government to take private property for public use.

Don Schoenl, president of Nordic, said he was in shock when he learned of the state's plan. He said the company was told a few months ago it would be welcome to stay, and had discussed expanding. He said a few weeks ago, he spoke with leaders about the fact that he had been losing business since the groundbreaking, and that customers had heard his building would be torn down.

Schoenl said Nordic still has 11 years on its lease of the land from the state.

Authority leaders would not comment on how long it might take for the takeover to happen. They did say an out-of-court settlement is possible.

Leaders hoped to open the port by Labor Day.

Copyright 2013 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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