The final business owner delaying the reconstruction of Route 28 is set to appear in court this week.
William Lieberth owns Allegheny Auto Body along Route 28 and is still refusing to give up his business.
“Me and my son are historic. We are the last humans on 28. It’s very sad that we’re the last humans for 40 miles,” Lieberth said. “They took everything from this highway and they took my neighborhood.”
Lieberth told Channel 11’s Vince Sims he’s emotional because through eminent domain, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has taken his property and now he has to go to a settlement hearing.
According to Lieberth, PennDOT offered him a settlement that doesn’t equal the shop’s value.
“The whole gross amount, including moving fees and possibly attorney fees, I can gross here in two years,” Lieberth said. “They aren’t doing me any favors.”
Lieberth said he’s been in the shop for 37 years and planned on leaving it to his son and grandson.
Although PennDOT has offered Lieberth other locations, he said he doesn’t understand why he can’t stay where he is.
“They’re going around the church and around my body shop. I looked at the plans. I’m right beside the church,” Lieberth said.
PennDOT officials wouldn’t comment on Lieberth’s claims except to say there is a hearing scheduled.
Lieberth said the hearing is Friday and with no attorney, he doesn’t know what the outcome will be.
“I’ll probably stay here until they drag me out,” Lieberth said.