Prince William County to seize disputed land
Prince William County supervisors have voted to compel an 83-year-old woman and her sons, Parker Family LLC, to turn over their $100,000 parcel of land -- without compensation.
“They basically just get the property,” said Sally Hankins, attorney for Parker Family LLC. “The county is going to file a document … saying they’re initiating a quick-take on the property.” The filing will claim the property's value as zero, allowing the the county to take it without payment.
How the county and the Parker family got to this point is complicated. Essentially, the Parkers had agreed to sell the land to a develoment company, Drees, but the deal fell through. In the meantime, Drees signed proffer agreements with the county, and one of the Parker sons signed it as well. (The Parker family contends that the son, now deceased, lacked the authority to sign the agreement.)
The family was left with a proffer agreement that tied up the land, but no payment from Drees.
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