Early Briefing

*The Eugene B. Casey Foundation and Maryland highway officials are fighting over the state's decision to seize 405 acres of land for the intercounty connector, and pay the foundation $3.44 million to replace some of it. But the land is seven miles from the highway's planned route, and the foundation doesn't want to sell. See story

*For sale: Point No Point Lighthouse. Enter at your own risk, after a trip across the Chesapeake Bay. Bidders have offered up to $135,000 in an online auction. See story

By Terri Rupar  |  November 23, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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Please check those figures. Could the ICC project really be seizing 405 acres that are over seven miles away from the proposed road route? Four Hundred and Five Acres? That is a lot of land...and in Montgomery County, $8,400 per acre could NEVER be considered fair market value - could it?...at least not in this century.

My guess is that the land could fetch at least ten times that...so now we're talking about another $35 million tacked onto the ICC toll road cost?

Ficker, how much is that land really worth? Help me out. Maybe you know. This ICC toll road land seizure seems to know NO BOUNDS.

Posted by: Donny | November 23, 2007 8:29 AM

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