The Washington Nationals May Suck at Baseball, But They Excel at Stealing Home(s)

Washington Nationals plansThe Washington Nationals are strong-arming residents in DC to sell their land to them, whether they want to or not:

The city made offers to all 23 landowners on the site last month but received no response from 10.

“We think there are some that we’ll have good-faith negotiations with,” said Steve Green, director of development in the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. “There are some we haven’t heard from at all.”

Many property owners on the site said the city’s offers are inadequate. Others are suing the city on the grounds that it has no right to use eminent domain to acquire land at the site, despite a Supreme Court ruling affirming the right of municipal governments to take private property for the purpose of economic development.

In April, the city notified property owners on the site that they would be required to move out by Dec. 31.

I would be camping in a tent in Steve Green’s yard on January 1st if this happened to me. I hope the residents band together and make a big public stink about this in coming months.

You can also see more info about the overblown expansion plans (where I found that graphic). Note that the financing all comes from city bonds, so this isn’t simply a private use issue where Kelo applies easily.

Here’s a Google Maps link that you can use to compare to the proposed construction and get an idea of how large a swath they are hoping to steal.

Stephen VanDyke

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2 Comments
  1. Good post, I had not heard about this one but it does not surprise me.

    Why don’t they just declare eminent domain on the Supreme Court and play baseball there. And to think Congress is worried about baseball players taking drugs when they are also stealing homes.

  2. The city isn’t stealing anyone’s land. They are offering three times the assessed value. Most court awards in eminent domain are one and half times assessed value. The former owners of those tracts are making out huge.