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Virginia Supreme Court rules agency lacked authority to take property for ODU expansion

The Washington Post
September 12, 2013
By Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Supreme Court says a Norfolk agency lacked authority to force the sale of an apartment building to make way for Old Dominion University’s expansion.

The justices unanimously ruled Thursday that the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority missed a 2010 deadline established by the General Assembly to acquire the property.

The decision reverses a Norfolk judge’s ruling that the housing authority legally exercised its right under Virginia’s eminent domain law to take the 10-unit building owned by PKO Ventures.

In 1998, the Norfolk City Council approved plans for the authority to acquire land adjacent to the campus. The authority has since acquired dozens of properties in the area, which is now home to the Ted Constant Convocation Center, a research park and housing and retail outlets catering to students.