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Letter To The Editor Paints Unflattering Picture Of Handling Of Revitalization Project

September 7th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

A letter to the editor appearing in the Sunday Cumberland Times News on the controversial Maryland Avenue Revitalization project painted an unflattering picture of how city officials are alleged to have been handling the process. The project in question calls for the demolition of some 60 houses in the Rolling Mill section of town with plans to see commercial, economic development opportunities created. The letter, from the “Save Our Homes Alliance” contends that from the earliest stages of the project, property owners began receiving calls from city hall quoting low ball offers (mostly in the $30,000 range) and threatening eminent domain if anyone chose not to comply. It’s an accusation Mayor Brian Grim has heard many times, and one that he strongly refutes. He says eminent domain has not been on the table in anyway, and that the prices offered for the properties are fair market value…


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