“Eminent domain” is the power of a federal or state government to take private property for a public use. The 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Section 21 of the Indiana Constitution require that when the federal or state government exercises their power of eminent domain to take part or all of a property owner’s property, the government is required to pay the property owner what is known as “total just compensation.”
The town of Yorktown is currently moving forward with multiple eminent domain cases in the pursuit of land for redevelopment projects. Representing many of the homeowners whose properties are affected by these cases, Thomas Malapit told The Star Press “he and his clients will fight the town over the lawsuit.”
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