Two D.C. Council committees advanced legislation allowing for the use of eminent domain in the construction of a $300 million professional soccer stadium in Washington, D.C. The bill will now go before the full council for a vote on Tuesday. While the legislation allows for eminent domain to be used to acquire the land, Mayor-elect… Continue Reading
PA Commonwealth Court recently found that a property owner was not entitled to a private road across a neighboring property since it appeared that the property owner was entitled to an easement by necessity across another property. In In Re: Laying Out and Opening of: Private Road in Hazle Township, owners of a landlocked property… Continue Reading
PennDOT has shown signs that it is pursuing property acquisitions for Route 422 projects in Berks and Montgomery Counties (PA). PennDOT published a notice on September 3, 2011 in The Pottstown Mercury newspaper that it intends to acquire property in Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township for that portion of its 422 reconstruction project. Property owners are… Continue Reading
After over a decade of planning, a $5.2 billion expansion of Philadelphia International Airport was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. The project will require a significant amount of land acquisition in Philadelphia and Delaware County.
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court recently ruled that PennDOT met its burden on a project in Lebanon Coundty enabling it to condemn agricultural lands.
I just completed a 2 week trial in Burlington County, New Jersey in which the jury awarded my client – the property owner – $1,607,000. The NJDOT’s last offer was $194,000.
Pennsylvania will receive $68.8 million and New Jersey will get $46.8 million in federal stimulus funds for housing redevelopment projects. These projects will include acquiring blighted properties. It is virtually certain that many will be acquired through the power of eminent domain.
New York’s highest court ruled on Tuesday that private property could be condemned for the “Atlantic Yards” project. That project involves, among other things, an NBA arena and 16 office and residential towers in Brooklyn. The properties were purportedly condemned to eliminate “blight.”
The Battle over the taking of property for, among other things, an NBA arena and 16 office and residential towers in has moved to New York’s highest Court and will be argued in Albany on October 14.
Senate To Consider Allowing Eminent Domain For “Green” Transmission Projects
Planning for the last phases of the Marshalls Creek Bypass Project – which PennDOT now calls the “Marshalls Creek Traffic Relief Project” – continues.
One of the new buzzwords these days is “infrastructure.” It is likely that Congress will enact an ambitious economic stimulus package soon after President-elect Obama is inaugurated. One important component will be funds that will be spent on “infrastructure” including roads and bridges. State officials are drawing up plans for bridge and road improvements in… Continue Reading
Montgomery County Pennsylvania’s planning commission is considering a transportation program that could cost $150 million.
Billionaire oilman T. Boon Pickens’ energy plan contemplates obtaining easements through eminent domain so transmission lines can take electricity generated by wind and solar to other parts of the country.
Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance Board rejected a four-year state transportation funding plan because it lacked funding for the Marshalls Creek Bypass.
Funds for widening Route 202 on the section of the highway that runs from near Route 29 to the Exton Bypass will be delayed until at least 2011.
PennDOT has re-launched its Marshalls Creek Bypass website.
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell announced a plan to repair 1,145 bridges across Pennsylvania.
PennDOT has placed its “Marshalls Creek Bypass” project on hold while it looks at alternative designs.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation ("PennDOT") recently announced its preliminary construction plans for a portion of I-95 in Northeast Philadelphia. These plans include rebuilding two interchanges – one at Bridge Street and one at Betsy Ross Bridge and Aramingo Avenue. PennDOT also intends to rebuild a three-mile stretch of I-95 between Cottman Avenue and the… Continue Reading
An appeal recently filed with the U.S. Supreme Court asks the Court to revisit its controversial decision in Kelo v. City of New London. In Goldstein, et al., v. Pataki, et al., property owners are challenging a project in Brooklyn known as the Atlantic Yards Arena and Redevelopment Project. The properties were condemned for a new… Continue Reading