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To eminent domain or not to? That is the question

In Penn Township, Pennsylvania, residents and town officials recently have been using a phrase that some think consists of dirty words: eminent domain. With 15 properties affected by an upcoming road project, the town has hired a service to appraise the needed portion of land and negotiate with the homeowners on the township's behalf.

Gas, oil companies claiming eminent domain powers

Oil and gas companies are being allowed in locations across the country to take private properties through the power of eminent domain, even though they are private industries. Eminent domain generally is reserved for the taking of land for the public good.

Philly officials could step in if building isn't sold

The owners of a dilapidated landmark hotel in Philadelphia say they might have found a buyer for the prime piece of commercial real estate. City officials hope the sale happens, but if it doesn't, the city might have to take action, which could include using its power of eminent domain, which usually gets private property rights advocates up in arms.

Suit argues public loses in Allentown property seizures

The government acquisition of private property in Allentown will only benefit private investors, according to a developer's newly filed lawsuit. The legal maneuver against the city's eminent domain actions stands to disrupt officials' plans to open a $100 million downtown hockey arena in two years.

Philadelphia International in turf war with Tinicum

Philadelphia officials would like to move a UPS facility on Hog Island Road out of the way of a planned airport runway expansion. One judge has already agreed. The city owns Philadelphia International Airport and wants to buy a 500-acre stretch of land beyond city limits in Tinicum to re-house UPS.

Lehigh County officials use eminent domain to take Dime bank

Allentown officials are determined to stay on schedule with plans to buy out and demolish structures in the way of a proposed $100 million ice hockey arena. Demolition crews are set to start clearing the way in November for the Phantoms, a Philadelphia Flyers' minor league team.

Allentown's proposed ice arena displaces local day-care

To avoid the process of eminent domain, the owner of the building that houses the New Generation Learning Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has agreed to let the city buy her property for a negotiated price. The woman who owns the day-care center, however, says she's running into problems trying to move her business into a nearby neighborhood. The day-care center has to vacate its North Seventh Street building so the city can build a proposed hockey arena for the Philadelphia Flyers' minor league team.

Penn Township officials want Red Rose Inn by eminent domain

The Red Rose Inn, off Route 1 in Chester County, Pennsylvania, is set to be auctioned off in July as part of a foreclosure proceeding, unless Penn Township officials take the property under eminent domain. The township says it has ideas to preserve the three-story, decaying structure and use it as an administration building.

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