And so it begins...
Freeport, Texas -- "With Thursday's Supreme Court decision, Freeport officials instructed attorneys to begin preparing legal documents to seize three pieces of waterfront property along the Old Brazos River from two seafood companies for construction of an $8 million private boat marina."
Boston, Mass. --Boston City Council President Michael Flaherty said yesterday that Mayor Thomas M. Menino's efforts to spur development of Fan Pier do not go far enough, and he again called on the city to consider seizing the South Boston waterfront property using its eminent domain power.
Flaherty originally suggested taking the 21-acre property in January. He said yesterday that a recent US Supreme Court decision strengthening the eminent domain powers of local governments puts Boston Redevelopment Authority in a better legal position to seek the Fan Pier land.
New Jersey -- "Englewood, Ridgefield, Passaic - many towns have been adopting plans in the past several years based on economic redevelopment, and I believe this means that it's now full-steam ahead," said Bruce Rosenberg, a land-use attorney for the Hackensack-based law firm of Winne, Banta, Hetherington, Basralian & Kahn.
Brooklyn -- Developer Bruce Ratner visited the borough Friday to talk about his controversial plan to build a basketball arena, an apartment complex and office towers.
Ratner owns the Atlantic Terminal Mall in downtown Brooklyn, but his ownership of the New Jeresy Nets is what's got the neighborhood concerned. He plans to build a 21-acre arena for the team, as well as housing and commercial space.
A ruling made by the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday would allow Ratner to use the power of eminent domain to get the land he still needs to complete his project. That means local governments would have the power to seize homes and businesses against the will of their owners.
Milwaukee -- Developers, city economic development officials and commercial real estate attorneys - including some involved with eminent domain cases - have been waiting for the decision.
Negotiations on relocating some of Bayshore's tenants have been delayed lately, Maslowski said.
He believes the attorneys for some tenants were deliberately postponing meetings in hopes of using a court ruling that would have curtailed condemnation powers. Such a ruling would have given tenants additional leverage to negotiate better terms for their relocation, Maslowski said.
The court's ruling to uphold the expanded right of condemnation should "eliminate that cloud," Maslowski said.
The Institute for Justice documented 10,000 eminent domain abuse cases across the country in just five years. Kelo will only embolden local government officials to spring for more land grabs.
You can almost hear the money changing hands, can't you?
Incidentally, an (admitedly unscientific) MSNBC poll on Kelo finds dectractors outnumbering supporters 98-2! That's out of 112,000 votes cast. I don't think I've ever seen an online poll with numbers like that.