October 6, 2006

Steelton to Use Eminent Domain to Further Redevelopment

By Steelton to Use Eminent Domain to Further Redevelopment

by Timothy Sandefur

The town of Steelton, Pennsylvania, is going to condemn a car lot, a grocery store, and a bookstore for a multimillion dollar redevelopment project. But wait, you say, I thought Pennsylvania had passed one of the strongest eminent domain reform measures in the nation. Ah, but:

Following the [Kelo] ruling, Pennsylvania's General Assembly barred the use of eminent domain to convey unblighted property to a commercial developer.

But Steelton filed its eminent domain actions in court on Aug. 31, a day before the new law took effect–so…it does not apply.

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