Challenge to property ownership rights--Eminent Domain

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with All Points Realty

A leading news story I read as I logged on to earthlink webmail yesterday was from the Associated Press and talked about how the families of Flight 93 that crashed in PA on September 11 are asking that President Bush OK a land seizure--exercise eminent domain process-- of that sight in order for a National monument to be built there. I believe we need to be vigilant and contact our government officials to make sure that this does not happen. If those folks want to build a monument--let them come up w/ the cash to purchase the property from the land owner--and if they don't want to pay his asking price--then go away and forget it. 

Comments (4)

Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Wow ! Now this is a bit of news I had not heard anywhere else. Kathy, what about you forcus your gret energies on helping find a solution that will solve the underlying needs of these folks. I always think what we are for strengthens us and what we are AGAINST, weakens us. Happy New Year!

Dec 28, 2008 10:49 PM
South Austin Real Estate Blog
Sky Realty South Austin - Austin, TX

HI Kathy, eminent domain, that is a real controversial subject.  It should be for necessary public accomadations, like highways perhaps.  Monuments and memorials are needed to keep us reminded of the "gift" those folks gave but I'm not sure it qualifies for eminent domain statues.   A purchase of the sight would be a solution unless the property owner has skyrocketed the price to unbelievable and unreasonable amounts.  I do not know the whole story so I could not make a judgement about price.

Dec 28, 2008 11:02 PM
Kathy Holmes
All Points Realty - Chardon, OH

"A purchase of the sight would be a solution unless the property owner has skyrocketed the price to unbelievable and unreasonable amounts"   Does it really make a difference what his asking price is?? Doesn't he have the right to ask whatever he wants--and to sell or not to sell?? I don't believe erecting a national monument is grounds to tread on individual property rights. 

Dec 28, 2008 11:26 PM
South Austin Real Estate Blog
Sky Realty South Austin - Austin, TX

Of course the owner has the right to ask whatever price they desire.  Pardon me for impling anything contrary to that.

Dec 28, 2008 11:42 PM