The Court of Appeals heard arguments yesterday about the city's so-called "quick take" strategy. Critics say it amounts to taking real estate before officials have determined how it will be used.
The case was first brought by the owner of a North Charles Street bar who claims the city didn't have sufficient grounds for the seizure of the bar and other properties under eminent domain.
Although a recent Supreme Court case has upheld the seizures of private property for economic development, a Circuit Court judge sided last year with the bar owner - saying that the city must show "a carefully considered development plan" before the seizure.
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