Skip to comments.Norfolk, VA: Norva Plastics wins eminent domain fight over value
Posted on 12/13/2012 8:31:12 AM PST by 4buttons
A jury delivered Norva Plastics a big victory Wednesday, awarding the 70-year-old company a multimillion-dollar payout and delivering yet another blow to city leaders in the ongoing fight over eminent domain.
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Interesting debate in the comments below the story. I obviously side with those who think the city has no right to force anyone to sell their property, let alone sell it for a price they so chose to pay.
We will be reading stories about eminent domain for years to come, and I fe3ar we the people will continue to take it in the shorts in the long run.
Thanks to Anthony Kennedy, this can only be fixed by a future court that hopefully leans more conservative than the one we have had for the last 80 years.
There will be some stories coming out of Detroit about eminent domain when the new international bridge project gets going. However I suspect most of the people in the Delrey neighborhood will get more through eminent domain than they’ll ever get on the open market. That place is about as bad as it gets in Detroit.
I don’t know how RDA’s work in VA, but here in California ( until just recently when Jerry the Fairy closed down all the state’s RDA’s) when an RDA “takes” some property, they get to keep the RE taxes until their borrowings are paid off. So the local property taxpayers have to foot the bill created when the RDA acquired property is taken off the tax rolls. The other part of it is just as was pointed out in this article, the word “redevelopment” has become BS. RDA’s were supposed to take “blighted” properties and make them productive. But where I live there is no such thing as a “blighted” piece of real estate. Usually, the town councilor’s or their “buddies” have the inside track on these deals and it’s all about them making a bunch of money at the expense of the residents. Personally, although I hate our state government with a passion, I am glad to see the RDA’s gone.
Your basic premise may be wrong. What is the people don't want to move? What is their house has been kept in proper repair and meets their needs? What if they are unable to find a house that meets their needs with the proceeds of the house they were forced to sell? What if the actions of the city have ~inadverently~ caused property values in the neighborhood to fall, leading to the offer of a lower price?
We may find ourselves in a similar sitution, not because our neighborhood is blighted or unsafe, but rather because it is ~under-developed~. By under-developed I mean that that there are too few houses for the land mass. The streets were widened, curbs, gutters and storm sewers installed during Urban Renewal in the 1960's. I anxiously await your reply.
Is Old Dominion a public university?
Michigan has some of the toughest eminent domain laws in the country. People in Hellrey will get at least 125% of the value of their slum. Besides, this isn’t a business buying them out to build a Walmart, this will be an international border crossing (Second busiest truck crossing in north America)
Delrey is an area where 2/3 of the lots are abandoned and empty and half the remaining houses are the same.
Does that city even have a citizenship that would ever go against what the city leaders want to do?
I doubt it, but then again, lately I have been as bad in my political predictions as my Vikings have been at passing the ball.
I mean is four years ago I never would have believed that never Roberts would join the dark side either. Nor did I ever expect 16 Democrats Senators to realize how badly they screwed up with Obama-Care.
So, who knows anymore.
The city has no choice in this one. That’s where the border crossing is and that’s where the bridge must go.
What is the people don't want to move? What is their house has been kept in proper repair and meets their needs? What if they are unable to find a house that meets their needs with the proceeds of the house they were forced to sell? What if the actions of the city have ~inadverently~ caused property values in the neighborhood to fall, leading to the offer of a lower price?
Sorry I never got back yo you. I was at work and it just got to hectic to ever get back to the thread.
As for Old Dominion, it’s a public university.