Eminent Domain Abuse: City Uses Eminent Domain to seize Property from 103 Year Old WomanSubmitted by anticornlawleague on Wed, 10/23/2013 - 17:20
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Pretty sick in my book, taking property from an old lady who can't fight back. 5th amendment requires that all property taken through eminent domain be for public use, but now they are doing it to speculate in real estate because they think they can make a buck selling it to developers.
From the article:
"The desire of the Central Planners for control is once again permitted to outweigh the people’s need for government to make rational decisions that benefit taxpayers and citizens (Of course, the City of Seattle just banned using the term "Citizen"). In this case, a 103-year old lady’s property is slated to be taken “for the greater good.” Yet that “good” is really just the personal aspirations of city planners and officials.
As has been pointed out, the City of Seattle actually has plans to “redevelop” this property and turn it into a parking garage or mixed use development once the Viaduct is gone. Most observers believe that when Seattle’s Big Dig is done and the Viaduct construction is over (assuming this ever happens), this woman’s land will be prime real estate worth far more than what the City of Seattle will pay by seizing it now. This might be true (although the City wants us to believe there is nothing to see here), but the property owner appears to have a plan to donate this property to charity at the maximum value so that her desired charity will benefit"