PHILLY.COM Philadelphia would stop trying to evict the Cradle of Liberty Council Boy Scouts from its headquarters near Logan Square and instead sell the building to the organization at a cut-rate price, thereby ending a nearly decade long dispute, under a proposed settlement.This is a story I've followed here on my humble blog for 7 years. It involved the City to unilaterally decide to renege on it's 80 year old contract with the local BSA organization, and has caused unnecessary stress and monies spent in an attempt to change the values of the now 100 year old organization. This is a case that clearly should never have been brought to trail, and in the end the BSA was vindicated.
The city-owned building, which the scouts have occupied for 80 years, would be sold for $500,000. Both sides agree its appraised value is at least $1 million. In return, the scouts would not seek $1 million in compensation from Philadelphia that they are entitled to under federal law.
I look forward to the National and local Council's public statement on this. As near as I can tell, this was a best-case win for BSA. And I, for one, will contribute to the fund to purchase their building back from the City.
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