HALIFAX: A trio of local businesses is looking for compensation from the provincial government.

Three groups, Phyllis Baker, Henri Steeghs, and Pleasant Valley Nurseries Ltd., along with Ernest Curry and Tri-City Management, as well as Eileen Curry and Justamere Café Ltd. are seeking compensation for their businesses “as a result of the construction of the first portion of the Antigonish by-pass and the resulting physical changes to the pre-existing Highway 104 which impaired access to the business property and reduced the market value of the premises,” stated the notices of hearing in all three matters.

The claimants are also looking for compensation for time and costs incurred in the mitigation of the losses.

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Phyllis Baker, Henri Steeghs, and Pleasant Valley Nurseries are seeking $258,930; while Ernest Curry and Tri-City Management, the owners and operators of The Claymore Inn & Suites, are seeking $2,626,094; and Eileen Curry and Justamere Cafe Ltd., owners of Justamere Cafe and Bistro, are seeking $303,881.

All three parties are also requesting “recovery of all reasonable legal costs, disbursements and experts’ fees, interest,” and other relief under the Expropriation Act.

The respondent in all three claims is the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board public hearing on the matter is set for March 19, with March 20-23, March 26-29, and April 3 reserved. The location is the board office in Halifax.