Thursday, October 06, 2005

Out Damn Spot

We're playing some frickin' hardball now.

DC made offers to 23 people whose land they would need to acquire for the stadium. They only heard back from 10.

And as everyone knows, thanks to the public service efforts of Doug Llewelyn, you can't take the law into your own hands; you take them to court.

City officials said they expect to file court documents to take over at least some of the 21-acre site in the coming weeks and have $97 million set aside to buy the properties and help landowners relocate. ...

Many property owners on the site said the city's offers are inadequate. Others are suing the city on the grounds that it has no right to use eminent domain to acquire land at the site, despite a Supreme Court ruling affirming the right of municipal governments to take private property for the purpose of economic development.

Silly Supreme Court! There's no judiciation without representation in the District!

In April, the city notified property owners on the site that they would be required to move out by Dec. 31.

City officials said the District is on target to have title on all of the land by that date, but they don't expect to have full possession of the site until early next year, with construction on the $535 million stadium to begin in March. That would give the construction team, led by Clark Construction Group of Bethesda, about two years to build the ballpark in time for Opening Day of 2008.

Hopefully...

1 Comments:

  • Well it was a horrendous decision by the Supreme Court (in my estimation) but you have to follow the law.

    Unless there is pubilc reviatlization projects along with the staidum I guess they could question the amount of "Public benefit" a baseball stadium really is. It's supposed to be an issue of increased tax revenue and more jobs, but the stadium itself...I'm not sure if the city comes out ahead on this project inparticular. And it certainly doesn't create a lot of jobs. It would be all based on what the city can say it would spur.

    The "good" news is that The Supreme Court really just left it in the hands of the states to define what constitutes a eminent domain. Being a city that decides everything for itself, DC should have no problem saying "go ahead, take their land". At least I think.

    By Blogger El Gran Color Naranja, at 10/06/2005 11:00 AM  

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