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Condemnation case settles for $36 million

An unusual claim to land ownership will not face a challenge in Alexandria Circuit Court, reports the Alexandria Sanitation Authority.

The utility has agreed to pay $36 million to a company formed by real estate developer Charles Hooff and Alexandria land use attorney Bernard Fagelson for a 10-acre parcel next door to the Alexandria wastewater treatment facility.

Published reports indicate that, in addition to a dispute over the price for the property, the case involved questions about the method used by Hooff and Fagelson to obtain title to the land in the 1960′s.

The case pitted high-dollar lawyers from McGuireWoods, ReedSmith, and Bean, Kinney & Korman, among others. “We are pleased there is a secession [sic] of hostilities, and these proceedings are now closed,” Hooff is quoted as saying in a news release from the ASA.

By Peter Vieth

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