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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Lawsuit says Philadelphia hasn't paid up for property used on low-income housing

Federal Court

By Marian Johns | Nov 6, 2019

Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – Several Philadelphia property owners with property on Ridge Avenue allege the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA), the city and its Redevelopment Authority took their property for public use without just compensation.

NTC & Co. LLP, FBO Howard N. Snitow IRA, PA Profit Sharing Plan, Twenty Something Sansom LLC, and Lincoln Trust Co. filed a complaint Oct. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging violation of their Fifth Amendment rights. 

According to the suit, in 2015 the Philadelphia Housing Authority instituted a condemnation proceeding to obtain the plaintiffs' properties to be used for a low-income housing project and land improvements. The plaintiffs allege the defendants have only made "partial payments" to the plaintiffs.

"PHA, the city of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and the city of Philadelphia have refused at every stage to pay plaintiffs full just compensation for their properties, and continue to do so," the complaint states. 

The plaintiffs seek a trial by jury, damages in the form of full, just compensation, litigation costs, interest and all other just relief. They are represented by Gerald Williams and Samuel Abloeser of The Williams Cedar Law Firm LLC in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:19-cv-04941-GJP  

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