Post-Tribune, August 5, 2007
Northwest Indiana is a prime piece of the national shipping puzzle.
A 3,000 acre parcel in LaPorte County is the potential site future site for a huge transportation hub. The site is close to nearly all major interstates in Northwest Indiana.
If the property owners of the tract do not respond soon to offers, eminent domain maybe used to kick them off their property. Governments have the power to force private property owners to sell their land for the public use or for private use where there’s a substantial public benefit.
–The location is a prime example of the highest and best use assembled by the government. There is a reasonable argument that maintains that the government is the only source to assemble, but there is also an argument that part of the special value of the location should be for the benefit of the owners.