Immediately after the right to damages becomes vested, the board of officers who have
made a taking under this chapter shall give notice thereof to every person, including
every mortgagee of record, whose property has been taken or who is otherwise entitled
to damages on account of such taking. Such notice shall be in writing and shall describe in general terms the purpose
and extent of the taking, and shall state the amount of damages, if any, awarded for
such taking and the time and place at which he may obtain payment thereof, or, if
no damages have been awarded, the time within which he may petition for an award of
the same, and the time within which he may petition the superior court to determine
his damages under section fourteen. Such notice may be served by personal service, or by leaving an attested copy thereof
at the last and usual place of abode of the person to be notified if he is a resident
of the commonwealth, by any person authorized to serve civil process, or notice may
be given to persons within or without the commonwealth, by registered mail or other
suitable means. Failure to give notice shall not affect the time within which a petition for damages
may be filed, except as provided by section sixteen.
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