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Residents Question University’s Use of Eminent Domain in Expanding Med School

October 4th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

From Student Life (Washington University)

By Perry Stein

A significant number of complaints have been filed against the Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation regarding its alleged abuse of eminent domain, according to Missouri’s Ombudsman of Eminent Domain Anthony Martin.

“It’s been decimating these black neighborhoods,” said Martin.

Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation’s (WUMCRC) stated mission is to revitalize the structures and neighborhoods surrounding the University’s medical campus.

To achieve that goal, it is empowered to use eminent domain because it has been classified as a 353-redevelopment corporation under an old Missouri state law.

“They have been grandfathered into an old law,” said Martin. “The new law says that a city government has to vote to use eminent domain.” Read more…

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