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Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Monday, March 26, 2012
Farming’s Future (Part One): The decline of local growing
The Times Herald, Norristown, PA – Mar 25, 2012
...In 1981, the state mandated the Agriculture Land Preservation Program to try to save some of Pennsylvania's farms before it was too late. A farm owner can seek Agriculture Security Area (ASA) designation from their township to protect their land from being taken by eminent domain. As of now, 450 Montco farms in 12 townships have this status...

Allentown settles land dispute with St. George Orthodox Church
The Morning Call, Allentown, PA – Mar 23, 2012
The deal substantially upped the price the church will receive for the quarter-acre of land in question and includes other benefits and considerations, said attorney Joel Wiener, who representedSt. George. Since the agreement has been reached, the church has agreed not to contest the eminent domain proceedings the city filed in December...

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Friday, March 23, 2012
Erie Redevelopment Authority owes $82,800 for eminent-domain properties
Erie Times-News, PA – Mar 23, 2012
State law requires that the Erie Redevelopment Authority pay "just compensation" for properties that it takes through eminent domain as part of its efforts to remove blight. But the authority hasn't always done that in recent years, according to data from the agency…

Lancaster City Council approves rezoning of former YMCA site
The Intelligencer-Journal, Lancaster, PA – Mar 21, 2012
...The eminent domain action regarding City Hall is expected to come to council for a vote on Tuesday. In that instance council members will vote whether to take a portion of the parking lot to the rear of 39 E. Orange St. The parking lot is owned by the Gibble, Kraybill & Hess law firm…

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
An Irish journey, from County Donegal to Hazleton's South Side
The Standard Speaker, Hazleton, PA – Mar 16, 2012
Within five years, the area covered by Downtown South had been decimated. Virtually nothing was left standing." Through eminent domain, Tarone reported that the city demolished 225 buildings in a 16-block area, on 42 acres of center city land. Macadam replaced the rubble…

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Monday, March 19, 2012
Historic park idea hits snag
The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mar 18, 2012
The non-profit Earth Conservancy will donate about 250 acres of its land to the project, but the county must acquire another 107 acres from the Reading Co. The company had backed out of plans to lease the land to the county, which means the county would have to take the land through eminent domain, said county Planning and Zoning Director Adrian Merolli…

CityVest reaches deal to buy lot near Sterling
The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mar 18, 2012
The agreement, effective May 1, brings to an end three years of negotiations between the lot owners, Ali Kazimi and Nasser Chafieian, and CityVest. It also marks the end of the city’s eminent domain claim against Kazimi and Chafieian. City council voted Thursday night to rescind the ordinance that called for the filing of the eminent domain claim. Council also authorized its solicitor to remove the case from the docket at the Luzerne County Courthouse…

Erie Redevelopment Authority won't address as many blighted homes
Erie Times-News, PA – Mar 17, 2012
Eighty properties in Erie were labeled as blighted -- the start of the process -- as of mid-February. The Redevelopment Authority has exercised its power of eminent domain on 23 others that are farther along in the process. The city, coordinating with the Redevelopment Authority, can demolish properties once eminent domain is exercised if money is available to do so…

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Monday, March 12, 2012
New owners, buildings, street scheme to transform downtown block
The Standard Speaker, Hazleton, PA – Mar 12, 2012
Now, the city is attempting to take the property by eminent domain, for a $4.8 million robotic parking garage with first-floor retail space and second-floor office space proposed by Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi…

Pennsylvania eminent domain news

Thursday, March 08, 2012
120 attend hearing on proposed PPL line
Daily Item, Sunbury, PA – Mar 7 2012
…"In these cases, we are still open to reaching an amicable agreement, at any time. Eminent domain is last resort," he said. "That's why we are happy all these people came here tonight. We can listen to what they have to say."…

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