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Institute For Justice Continues To Push City To Take Eminent Domain Off The Table

June 27th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The Institute for Justice is continuing to push for Cumberland's mayor and city council and the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation 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. City officials and the CEDC executive director Shawn Hershbeger are both on record saying the city is focusing on communication with property owners in the targets area- and eminent domain has not been discussed.  When pressed on the issue of whether eminent domain might be considered at one point- Hershberger said that its not his place to make such a definitive statement…


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