Mention Of Eminent Domain Disrupts Planning Process

An Albany, NY, neighborhood is split between its desire for revitalization and its distrust of the eminent domain process.
December 12, 2003, 6am PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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A long-neglected neighborhood in Albany NY is finally getting some attention from the city. But some residents are fuming at the mere suggestion that their homes might be condemned--and given to a private developer. "To get parcels large enough for a “catalyst” mixed-used commercial project on the south end of New Scotland or for the student housing, a large number of individual lots will need to be assembled—which has raised the specter of eminent domain. Drawings of shiny blocks of all-new housing have made residents suspicious that eminent domain may be used elsewhere as well, if there is one 'holdout' in an otherwise troubled block."

Thanks to Miriam Axel-Lute

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Published on Thursday, December 4, 2003 in Metroland Online
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