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Rezoning of open space golf course denied

The owners of the Valley Green Golf Course in York, Pennsylvania, sought the rezoning of their property from open space to allow residential development on the property. Township officials denied the request by a 4-1 vote, bowing to pressure from community residents who packed a meeting of the Newberry Township board of supervisors.

Adequacy of compensation for crash site at issue

A federal court in Pennsylvania is holding proceedings to determine whether adequate compensation was provided to the owner of land seized by eminent domain that encompassed the site on which United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Somerset County on September 11, 2001. That flight was, according to authorities, hijacked by terrorists and crashed after a fight between the hijackers and passengers. The crash occurred on the same day as three other hijacked planes staged terrorist attacks.

Final zoning approval for $140 million project

A $140 million Philadelphia commercial real estate project that incorporates both a Whole Foods market and a large residential development has received final zoning approval. The development, called Rodin Square, will take the place of an existing Best Western hotel located in the Logan Square area of Philadelphia. The project is named after its developer Neal Rodin, who is the chair of International Financial Co. L.L.C.

Real estate dispute by Flyers hockey coach against bank

Philadelphia Flyers hockey team coach Peter Laviolette has initiated real estate litigation against the Bank of America. He has asserted in court that the huge bank had caused him great losses, resulting in a minimum of $3 million of damages. He accuses the bank of fraud in cajoling him to mortgage various real estate properties he owned and to then invest the funds in high-risk real estate investment vehicles that subsequently collapsed.

Residents still opposing methadone clinic despite zoning ok

Residents in the Northeast portion of Philadelphia are continuing a campaign of opposition to the opening of a methadone clinic on Frankford Avenue, despite the fact that the clinic operators have both obtained a lease and won zoning approval for the project. The for-profit facility, to be called "Healing Way," would occupy commercial real estate that was previously empty after a bar that operated at the location shut down.

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