State allows eminent domain of property for private use

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A state appeals court ruled in favor of Hollywood’s decision to take a family’s downtown property by eminent domain for use by a private developer. The Fourth District Court of Appeal overturned a 2006 ruling saying the city could not take the property, which belongs to the Mach family and houses the family hair salon in addition to several other businesses. Developer Charles Abele has been working with the city since 2005 to obtain the property for the garage entrance of his $100 million, 19-story condo and retail tower, Young Circle Commons.

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