Court Upholds NRHA’s Hampton Boulevard Redevelopment Project

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Kelly R. Williams

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Fri, 07/24/2009


Court Upholds NRHA’s Hampton Boulevard Redevelopment Project
Norfolk, VA (July 24, 2009) – In a July 23, 2009, decision, the Norfolk Circuit Court found that the Hampton Boulevard Redevelopment Project area was blighted, permitting NRHA to condemn properties in the project area. (Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority v. Arney, et. All CL08-1918; CL08-1919; CL08-37770; CL08-3771 [consolidated]).
Owners of the four parcels at issue in the case argued that the redevelopment plan, adopted by NRHA in 1998 and subsequently approved by Norfolk City Council, “was arbitrary and unwarranted in its determination that the area was blighted or deteriorated.” In his twenty-nine page opinion letter, Judge Louis Sherman rejected the property owners’ argument, noting the substantive detail and documentation that led to the determination of blight, and ruling “that the Redevelopment Area is blighted” and that “the takings by NRHA of the [owners’] properties are proper . . . .”
NRHA Executive Director Shurl Montgomery said, “We are gratified by the court’s ruling and look forward to concluding these delayed condemnations.”


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