‘No End in Sight’ to Dispute with Developer Who Wants to Bring Giant to East Brandywine

Image via Clem Murray, Philadelphia Inquirer.

The eminent domain fight, which has lasted more than a decade, with a developer who wants to bring a Giant supermarket to East Brandywine still has no end in sight, writes Katie Park for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

In 2010, developers Peter Miller and Peter Carlino planned to build a shopping complex anchored by a Giant supermarket in East Brandywine. To do this, they offered to buy the Brandywine Village Shopping Center.

However, brothers Leonard and Richard Blair, real estate developers who co-managed the Brandywine Village, did not accept any of Carlino’s offers.

Meanwhile, East Brandywine officials are accused of private meetings with Miller to arrange a deal that includes a road that requires land belonging to the Blair brothers.

What followed was a legal battle over access to that land. Then, in 2014, the township supervisor voted to take the land by eminent domain. The Blairs opposed this in court, saying it was “principally intended” to benefit Carlino.

The fight is ongoing.

“I never expected it to get to this level,” Leonard Blair said. “Now that it has, there’s no end in sight.”

Read more about the issue in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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