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D.C. plans to use eminent domain to seize Wendy's on Dave Thomas Circle, lawsuit shows
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7 On Your Side has learned that D.C. plans a massive makeover of the infamous "Dave Thomas Circle" in Northeast. 

In a new lawsuit, the D.C. government plans to use eminent domain to seize the property of the Wendy's at New York and Florida Avenues. 

RELATED: DC mayor plans to tear down Wendy's at Dave Thomas Circle, named for Wendy's founder

According to the renderings obtained, the city would streamline the intersection and build a park. 

For years, residents have complained about safety because of the traffic caused by cars going around the restaurant that sits in the middle of several cross streets. 

RELATED: New push underway for safety improvements along Dave Thomas Circle in Northeast DC

The city intends to pay for the property. 

Click here for some of the court documents. 

“Almost every Washingtonian has their own Dave Thomas Circle horror story. Now, we are taking the necessary actions to transform this confusing intersection into a multimodal project that supports the current and future needs of DC drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians,” said Mayor Bowser. “We are grateful to all of the input and advocacy from neighbors, local businesses and nonprofits, the Council, and federal partners, and know that more collaboration will be needed as we redesign and reimagine this important landmark.”


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