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dahmnait
05-07-2009, 11:47 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090507/ap_on_re_us/us_flight93_memorial

The government will begin taking land from seven property owners so that the Flight 93 memorial can be built in time for the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, the National Park Service said.

In a statement obtained by The Associated Press, the park service said it had teamed up with a group representing the victims' families to work with landowners since before 2005 to acquire the land.

The seven property owners own about 500 acres still needed for what will ultimately be a $58 million, 2,200-acre permanent memorial and national park at the crash site near Shanksville, about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

"We always prefer to get that land from a willing seller. And sometimes you can just not come to an agreement on certain things," park service spokesman Phil Sheridan said.

"Basically, at this point, we have not been able to acquire all the land we need," he said.

Even with willing sellers, Sheridan said title questions, liens and other claims can arise that would have to be worked out and could delay the project.

"We had a group of people who took some very heroic actions. It's just fitting and right that we get this done in time for the 10th anniversary," he said.

The next step will be for the U.S. Justice Department to file a complaint in federal court. A court would have to decide the matter and would set a value on the land.

Two owners account for about 420 acres the park service plans to condemn, including Svonavec Inc. which owns 275 acres, including the impact site where 40 passengers and crew died. About 150 acres are owned by a family that operates a scrap yard.

Most of rest of the land to be condemned are small parcels, two of which include cabins.

Tony Kordell said the park service visited him late Friday afternoon and made him an offer for his 150 acres. He declined to give the price, but said his attorney requested the appraisal used to determine the value on Monday.

He's not gotten that appraisal, he said Thursday. On Wednesday, he was told the park service would condemn the land.

There is more to the article, but basically the government plans on using imminent domain to build a memorial. Sure, it is a perfectly legal maneuver to acquire the land, but in my opinion, it is wrong. This memorializes nothing.

Don
05-08-2009, 12:55 AM
Take people's land away from them to celebrate the freedom that the passengers on that flight were hailed for protecting. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense to me.

William Haskins
05-08-2009, 01:05 AM
property is theft.

dgrintalis
05-08-2009, 01:07 AM
Take people's land away from them to celebrate the freedom that the passengers on that flight were hailed for protecting. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense to me.

QFT

Don
05-08-2009, 01:12 AM
Where's Zoombie? This is a perfect example of those arrogant civil servants I mentioned in another thread. :D

Cyia
05-08-2009, 01:12 AM
Take people's land away from them to celebrate the freedom that the passengers on that flight were hailed for protecting. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense to me.

About as much sense as how you can "condemn" an open field with no structures on it. (yeah, 2 small cabins, but most of the land is empty)

Gregg
05-08-2009, 03:14 AM
2200 acres? if my math is right, that's nearly 2 miles by 2 miles; over 95 million square feet.
Why don't they alter their plans to fit the land they can acquire without eminent domain?