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Group Urging City To Take Eminent Domain Off The Table

March 30th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The Cumberland Times News reports the Institute for Justice sent a letter to Cumberland's mayor and city council last week, urging the city to take eminent domain off the table as a tool in the city's Rolling Mill renewal project. Based in Arlington, Va., the Institute for Justice is a public interest, civil liberties law firm dedicated to stopping the abuse of eminent domain. The city is purchasing and razing 67 homes between Maryland Avenue and Park Street and Williams and Emily streets to create a commercial site for a national chain restaurant and businesses. The project is known as the Maryland Avenue Revitalization Project.  Shawn Hershberger, executive director of the Cumberland Economic Development Corp., the entity administering the renewal project, tells WCBC News that the city has focused on communication with residents in the target area- and has never engaged in any talks of eminent domain…


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