Landowners along River Valley Trail cash in


Posted by Daily News • Last Updated 2:25 pm on Thursday, October 27 2011

WASHINGTON — Landowners along the yet-to-be-built Fred Meijer River Valley Trail may be in for a “very significant” financial windfall courtesy of the federal government.

A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge in Washington, D.C., issued a ruling on Tuesday in favor of the landowners along the trail from Lowell to Greenville, indicating the government improperly took land by allowing the trail to be built.
The case now heads into a new phase in which the court will determine how much the landowners will receive in a financial settlement. The landowners’ attorney, Mark “Thor” Hearne of Missouri, said the awards could be “very significant.”

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