A group of Willets Point business owners and the city have been locked in a legal arms race over the last two months, anticipating a potential fight as the city moves toward the start of the approval process for a multibillion-dollar redevelopment of the area known as the Iron Triangle.http://www.timesledger.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19027330&BRD=2676&PAG=461&dept_id=551069&rfi=6
Reason.tv host Drew Carey visits National City, California, where the local government is taking eminent domain abuse to new lows. http://reason.tv/video/show/56.html
The city government allowed itself to be used as a “Trojan Horse” for a nonprofit group’s effort to acquire valuable properties on the Christina Riverfront at discount prices, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Chancery Court.
If the dollars don’t make sense for the city, a South Wood Avenue business that has transformed itself from a “shot and beer place” into a family restaurant could be allowed to remain in a neighborhood slated for redevelopment.http://www.thnt.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071113/NEWS1001-010302-711130413
As the borough forges ahead with plans for Rowan Boulevard, some residents have raised concerns over how properties are being acquired to make way for redevelopment and are left wondering just how safe their homes are.
A group called “Save Rosemount” sees it as an abomination. Among their reasons: The need to exercise the city’s power of eminent domain to acquire one parcel, and the substitution of rentals for condos once the condo market went sour.http://www.startribune.com/332/story/1542792.html
Fifteen residents have formed Glassboro United, a loosely knit citizens’ group with the initial intent to help residents protect themselves from being forced to sell their property through eminent domain to make way for redevelopment.http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071110/NEWS1006-01-711100349/news01
Businessman Ed Osborne told City Council on Thursday he has found the smoking gun in his quest to prove that a possible attempt by the city to take his property using eminent domain would be illegal.http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007711090347
“All we do is wait, we have waited for years,” said Carolyn Troupe, a longtime resident. “Our lives are on hold. How do you make plans?”http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/77BB2E05BAAD56278625738E001713C0?OpenDocument
Small-business owners said they will bear the brunt of redevelopment if the city moves forward with plans to buy their properties for projects, including larger national retail stores. http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_7358345