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Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
In Bethlehem, rotting fish suprise PennDOT
The Morning Call, Allentown, PA - Aug 27, 2008
...More than three months after the state Department of Transportation claimed eminent domain and evicted Orchard Knoll fish market to make way for a new road, state workers arrived at the newly acquired property to find the freezer door open and thousands of pounds of rotting fish inside...

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Monday, August 25, 2008
Officials approve process to buy Parker property
The Daily Local News, Exton, PA - Aug 25, 2008
...A resolution approved by the board states the county and representatives of the estate "have generally agreed on the terms" of sale, but it also gives county agents to "take all actions as may be required" — including the possible use of its eminent domain powers — to acquire the properties....

Editorial: Neighborhood gets reason to care again
Erie Times-News, PA - Aug 25, 2008
...On Tuesday, the city of Erie started to demolish 11 vacant houses acquired through the power of eminent domain. Although rehabilitation of blighted properties is preferred to demolition, these structures were beyond repair...

Commissioners back authority plan to acquire hotel tract
The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, PA - Aug 24, 2008
...said his agency will try to broker a sale for the appraised value of around $790,000, but if that fails could move to seize the property through eminent domain. The purchase cost would be paid by the fire company, he said.

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Friday, August 22, 2008
Judges deal setback to multi-state power line
Erie Times-News, PA (Associated Press) - Aug 22, 2008
...The law, which is being contested by Pennsylvania's utility commission, allows the federal government to override state regulators for power lines that are deemed to be critical to the nation's electric power needs and fall into specially designated corridors. Such approvals could, in theory, include the use of eminent domain law to compel private owners to sell their property...

U.S. drops plans for groundwater treatment plant at historic farm in Hereford Township
Reading Eagle, Reading, PA - Aug 22, 2008
...the agency recently announced that it abandoned the plan because the landowners didn't want to sell the property and the government did not want to pursue eminent domain...

First suits over natural gas fields hit court
The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, PA - Aug 21, 2008 owners who are fighting the project say they are not being offered enough money for their losses and that they will lose their rights to individually tap into the Marcellus shale that holds promise for new sources of natural gas...

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Thursday, August 21, 2008
Sugarcreek to acquire easements, rights-of-way by eminent domain
The Derrick, Oil City, PA - Aug 21, 2008
Sugarcreek Borough Council voted Wednesday to authorize the acquisition of certain rights-of-way and easements by eminent domain. Last week, borough officials met Meadville Pike-area residents during a special council meeting to discuss the upcoming sewer replacement project...

Urban drilling bonanza pits neighbor against neighbor
CNN, Atlanta, GA - Aug 21, 2008
...The Barnett Shale is the most-productive natural gas field in such a highly populated area spanning 5,000 square miles. The drilling here is being watched closely in Louisiana and Pennsylvania, which also have natural gas fields under urban areas...

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Demolition of blighted homes begins
Erie Times-News, Aug 20, 2008
...Both houses are across from the former Twenty Grand Cafe, a long-time nuisance that was closed in 1995 and is now being converted into a church. The city acquired all of the 11 properties through eminent domain proceedings...

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Monday, August 18, 2008
City's blight outlook 'not all bleak'
The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, PA - Aug 17, 2008
...Unlike the city, Repak’s authority has the power to take property through eminent domain. But he said the provision is rarely used, in part because it is time-consuming and complicated...

County: Land deal near
The York Daily Record, PA - Aug 16, 2008
...While the county has moved past the Highpoint dispute, it hasn't escaped its problems regarding 411 acres in Lauxmont Farms, a tract of land near Highpoint that the county also tried to take using eminent domain...

City blight Q&A
The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, PA - Aug 16, 2008
...A: The city does not have the power of eminent domain to take property. Homes involved in Johnstown’s annual demolition program have been signed over to the city by private owners...

Judge ponders Covington park dispute
The Times-Tribune, Scranton, PA - Aug 16, 2008
...On Aug. 19, 2004, the township filed suit to claim the land by eminent domain, after learning the county planned to sell it for private development. The township maintains the land was earmarked for recreation. No sale was ever completed...

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Friday, August 15, 2008
County park to cost $20M
Evening Sun, Hanover, PA - Aug 15, 2008
...Last month, a jury of county residents ruled the property was worth $17.25 million when commissioners took it by eminent domain in 2004 for use as a park...

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Thursday, August 14, 2008
State's 4-year delay irks parks director
Indiana Gazette, Indiana, PA - Aug 14, 2008
...Unlike taking ground once and for all under eminent domain, state law requires park and recreation land to be replaced with land of equal value when it's taken for a public works project, according to Patterson. But it took PennDOT four years to fulfill its obligation...

County pays up on Highpoint debt
The York Daily Record, PA - Aug 14, 2008
...County officials plan to save the remainder of the $25 million for a settlement over the Lauxmont Farms property in Lower Windsor Township, which the county also tried to seize by eminent domain...

Editorial: Agreement moves GAF closer to re-use
Erie Times-News, PA - Aug 14, 2008
...Left unsaid was whether a proposal by the Erie-Western Pennsylvania Port Authority to use Pennsylvania's eminent domain provision to gain access to the property influenced GAF's decision to open up the property for inspection...

York County to wire money for Highpoint
York Dispatch, PA - Aug 13, 2008
...Highpoint was seized from developer Peter Alecxih Jr. in 2004 for a proposed heritage park. A jury decided in July, after years of legal wrangling, that Alecxih was due $17.25 million for the 79-acre scenic tract in Lower Windsor Township. Since the verdict, interest on money due Alecxih has been accruing at a rate of $2,200 per day, county officials said Wednesday...

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Wednesday, August 13, 2008
City gains access to GAF property
Erie Times-News, PA - Aug 13, 2008
...The Port Authority in March agreed to invoke a provision of the state's eminent-domain code, if necessary, to get on the property. But GAF officials then contacted Sinnott and began negotiating an agreement for the access...

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Monday, August 11, 2008
Police join fire probe
Erie Times-News, PA - Aug 10, 2008
...Power was shut off to the neighboring house at 907 East 21st St., which has been vacant for several years. The city has been working through the process of obtaining the home through eminent domain...

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Friday, August 08, 2008
The dream: A 'suburb in the city'
Philadelphia Daily News, PA - Aug 8, 2008
...The city's Redevelopment Authority seized the area running from Broad Street to 10th between Girard and Cecil B. Moore avenues by eminent domain, and a new chapter in urban renewal was written...

Letter: Owners of Ginny's deserve respect
The Morning Call, Allentown, PA - Aug 8, 2008
...Ginny's will be taken away in September. Please, do the honest thing and take care of all small independent business owners and their families...

All aboard: Too many for Amtrak
Wall Street Journal, NY - Aug 8, 2008
...Mr. Kummant scoffs at the idea of European-style high-speed service in the congested Northeast, which could require a dedicated corridor established through years of eminent-domain proceedings...

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Thursday, August 07, 2008
Opinion - Rick Marts: The Pia property: What use?
The Kennett Paper, Quarryville, PA - Aug 6, 2008
...While a motion was made to the effect stated above, after some discussion it was withdrawn and the issue is not currently under formal discussion by the Council. Moreover, taking the property via eminent domain for the public good would be precipitous at best...

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Councilman's resignation ends meeting in Gordon
The Republican & Herald, Pottsville, PA - Aug 6, 2008
...To enforce its claim, the council filed for eminent domain in the Schuylkill County Court of Common Pleas, which would ensure access by the public to the road as a right-of-way, but Huber would retain ownership of the property in question...

Boro hears plan for former motel
Chambersburg Public Opinion, PA - Aug 6, 2008
...Cumberland County must now approve the resolution for the authority to proceed with redeveloping the land. If approval is granted, the authority will make an offer to buy the land from the current owners. If the owners refuse to accept the proposed price, Houston said the authority will invoke eminent domain to use the land...

PPL proposes running power line through Bushkill
The Pocono Record, Stroudsburg, PA - Aug 6, 2008
...Derrenbaucher said he is relieved that no homes are expected to be taken through eminent domain to complete the project, but concerned about the massive size of the new towers...

Editorial: In open space we trust
The York Daily Record, PA - Aug 6, 2008
...A jury has ruled the county must pay developer Peter Alecxih at least $10 million more for taking Highpoint by eminent domain -- and the commissioners are looking around for money to do so...

Court compels county to pay for eminent domain seizure, Medford, OR - Aug 5, 2008
..."I was hoping it wouldn't be quite so high. … We're gonna end up paying for it. … But what's fair is fair," he said. "Eminent domain was never the appropriate vehicle to use. I hope the county will learn from this."...

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Conneaut Valley water to flow when pumps get power
Meadville Tribune, PA - Aug 5, 2008
...Conneaut School District and Springboro Water Authority successfully argued eminent domain in front of Crawford County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Gordon R. Miller. That decision, however, was overturned by Commonwealth Court by a 2-1 margin after the Burnham family proved that the land was part of a designated Agricultural Security Area ...

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Monday, August 04, 2008
Storage plans spark natural gas fight
The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA - Aug 2, 2008
...Status: Approved by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but affected landowners want a new hearing. Corporate developers are making an eminent domain request....

Drive leaves golfers and motorists safer
Bucks County Courier Times, Levittown, PA - Aug 2, 2008
...Negotiations with Miller eventually reached a standstill, to the degree that the township began considering taking all 12 acres of Miller's property via eminent domain...

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Friday, August 01, 2008
'We're just desperate'
Altoona Mirror, PA - Aug 1, 2008
...In the letter, the landowners, who fear a premature use of eminent domain by Spectra, asked for the FERC to use its power to give them information that could be helpful in negotiations with the Texas-based company...

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