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Hampton will appeal award

| Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 12:00 p.m.

Hampton officials are appealing a decision by the Allegheny County Board of Viewers to award $675,000 to the owners of land at Route 8 and Duncan Avenue that the municipality acquired through eminent domain in 2008, according to the attorney handling the case.

The municipality acquired the 4-acre parcel for $280,000 to construct a flood-control facility recommended by the state Department of Environmental Protection, according to officials. The municipality based its offer on a value determined by an independent appraiser.

The county's Board of Viewers reviewed the case and in January added nearly $400,000 to the amount the township had to pay the Auld family, which operated a lumber company on the property from 1907-98.

The Aulds originally wanted $5 million for the property, arguing that, among other things, they had turned down offers from private developers willing to pay that price.

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