Jury Finds Montgomery Township Underpaid for a Family’s 50 Acres in 2010; Judgment Could Reach $7.5 Million

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A jury has finally made the Zehr family whole for the 50-acre tract of land that was purchased by Montgomery Township in a 2010 eminent domain expropriation arrangement. Jon Campisi did the deed in bringing this story to the Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch.

The township takeover of the property was justified at the time for the purpose of turning it into a public park, a project that still has not materialized.

Local officials paid $1 million for the plot on Stump Road in Eureka, a county unincorporated community near Montgomeryville.

Appraisers soon after valued the land at $2.6 million.

The recent litigation — more than a decade later — saw the Zehr family compensated at the real estate’s present-day value of $5.85 million.

The final settlement is expected to swell to $7.5 million with the addition of statutory interest.

The township’s intent to either appeal or accept the verdict has not been revealed.

“I’m happy for the Zehr family that they finally got a fair price for their property after a 12-year-wait,” said attorney David B. Snyder, the clan’s counsel.

More on this long-term effort for financial fairness is at the Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch.

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