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Community packs zoning hearing over strip club

A packed audience of over 300 members of the community attended a recent zoning board hearing in Chanceford Township, Pennsylvania, expressing opposition to a strip club. The proposed business announced intentions to operate an adult cabaret in a leased 6,300 square foot facility in a local strip mall.

Court declines to block convenience store

Efforts to build a Sheetz convenience store on commercial real estate at the intersection of Pennsylvania state Routes 144 and 45 moved forward after a Superior Court ruling declined to block it construction. The court upheld a prior ruling by the Court of Common Pleas that rejected efforts to bar the sale of the property for use by the store. The property is currently owned by real estate developer Bob Poole jointly with the Old Fort Road Limited Partnership.

Residents seek to oust sexually violent predator center

Residents in the small municipality of Hulmeville, where just a little more than a thousand people live, are up in arms over the operation there of a treatment facility for sexually violent offenders. The offenders do not reside there, but pass through the community on their way to their treatment sessions. Residents would like the commercial property owners who own the center's location to banish the center.

University to use eminent domain for medical school use

Homeowners and other property owners in the Philadelphia suburb of Camden are facing the possibility that Rowan University may soon use eminent domain to acquire their land for purposes associated with the needs of its relatively new Cooper Medical School. For approximately the last 11 months, the university has been locked in discussions with those who hold the titles to 22 parcels of land a block away from the school. Those negotiations have borne some fruit, culminating with the school's contractual purchase of five homes in the vicinity.

Billboard company sues over zoning board's decision

The East Norriton Zoning Hearing Board told an out--of--state billboard company that, per its billboard ordinance, it could not construct three billboards throughout the state. The company has fired back by entering a lawsuit in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, challenging the validity of the ordinance. The whole matter has sprouted into a legal matter over commercial real estate.

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