What happens after eminent domain when the project falls through and the reason behind the eminent domain taking of someones land is no longer needed?
Originally the City was going to sell the property to the highest bidder- which seems unfair but I'm not sure how it would be illegal. Even so- by selling it at a profit back to the oriiginal owner it seems highly unfair.
I could not find much (read nonthing) in the way of case law on this subject - but it seems just wrong that if the purpose through which eminent domain was used goes the City can still profit on the property.
I suspect that it is completely legal- but it's very nasty.