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LANKENAU HOSPITAL v. MADWAY. (03/19/63)

THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


March 19, 1963

LANKENAU HOSPITAL, APPELLANT,
v.
MADWAY.

Appeal, No. 115, Jan. T., 1963, from order of Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, No. 62-5015, in equity, in case of The Lankenau Hospital v. Harry K. Madway and Madway Engineers and Constructors. Order affirmed; reargument refused April 16, 1963.

COUNSEL

John R. McConnell, with him Anthony H. Whitaker, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, for appellant.

Victor J. Roberts, with him Gerald Broker, Marvin Comisky, William B. Rudenko, and High, Swartz, Roberts & Seidel, and Blank, Rudenko, Klaus & Rome, for appellees.

Before Bell, C.j., Musmanno, Jones, Cohen, Eagen, O'brien and Roberts, JJ.

[ 410 Pa. Page 269]

OPINION PER CURIAM

Appellant filed a complaint asking an injunction against the erection of an apartment building 11 stories high, based upon an alleged promissory estoppel. Appellant alleged that it was induced by appellees not to object to or protest a down-grading of the nearby neighborhood, i.e., a rezoning from R-3 to R-7 to permit the erection of two to four 5-story apartment buildings by the representations of appellees that they sought merely to erect two or four apartment buildings five stories high. It further alleged that the same misrepresentations were made to the Township Commissioners, although they were not joined as parties nor was any relief sought against them.

Thereafter the Township Commissioners passed an ordinance which allowed appellees (and other property owners) to erect apartment buildings eleven stories high. Appellant did not allege fraud, or that it had expended any money on the faith of appellees' misrepresentations, or that it had suffered any irreparable damage. The lower Court sustained preliminary objections and dismissed appellant's complaint.

Disposition

Order affirmed; each party to pay own costs.

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