Logan Township must pay an Ohio development company $566,830 for land supervisors took four years ago to construct a new municipal building along 26th Street near Pleasant Valley Boulevard, a jury ruled Wednesday.
The verdict means Logan Township owes the company, Hemlock Crossing LLC of Westerville, Ohio, an additional $316,830. The township previously paid the company $250,000 for 11 acres of land it condemned on Feb. 1, 2007.
Hemlock had planned to use the 11 acres in Logan Township and 4 acres in the city to construct 40 single family homes for rental to low-income families. The company qualified for tax credits for the development through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.
But the proposed development caused an outcry from nearby residents, resulting in contentious hearings before the Altoona and Logan Township planning commissions.
Hemlock’s development, according to attorney Donald Graham of Cranberry Township near Pittsburgh, was “thwarted” by the supervisors when they condemned the land for a new township municipal building.
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