Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Walmart wants to use eminent domain to obtain property - "We don't want the property owner to go high on us..."

Walmart developer asks Straban to consider eminent domain

Developers of a proposed "Gettysburg Crossing" shopping complex at the intersection of Route 30 and Shealer Road in Straban Township are asking the municipality's supervisors to adopt an eminent domain resolution in an effort to speed up right-of-way agreements with neighboring property owners.

Atapco Properties is proposing more than $3 million in roadway improvements, much of which stems from Straban's capital improvements plan. The plan, among other items, calls for significant upgrades to the Route 30 corridor to be able to handle traffic from new development.
Straban solicitor Walton Davis said he would like to take a month to look over the language in the resolution, but wouldn't be opposed to recommending supervisors adopt it.

"I have said it before," Davis said. "To be able to enhance the capital improvements plan, the township will, if pushed, take the step of eminent domain. We don't want to do it, but we will."

"We will make a fair offer," said Dave Lazas, senior development manager at Atapco. "However, we're not going to pay $200,000 for a piece of property that would be appraised at $20,000. We don't want the property owner to go high on us because they think we need the property."

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