decided: March 8, 1984.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, APPELLANT
STANDARD INVESTMENTS CORPORATION, APPELLEE
Appeal from the Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Standard Investments Corporation v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation, No. 107 March Term, 1981.
Scott M. Olin, Assistant Counsel, with him Ward T. Williams, Chief Counsel, and Jay C. Waldman, General Counsel, for appellant.
Charles K. Serine, Miller and Murray, for appellee.
President Judge Crumlish, Jr., and Judges Rogers, Williams, Jr., Craig, MacPhail, Doyle and Barry. Opinion by Judge Rogers.
[ 80 Pa. Commw. Page 650]
The order of the Court of Common Pleas of Berks County dismissing the appellant's preliminary objections to the appellee's amended petition for the appointment of viewers alleging a de facto taking of its property and appointing a board of viewers as prayed for by the appellee is affirmed on the comprehensive opinion of Judge Arthur Ed. Saylor reported as Standard Investments Corporation v. Department of Transportation, 28 Pa. D. & C.3d 294 (1982). We emphasize that the court of common pleas, all of whose holdings we have approved, rejected the Department of Transportation's contention that a landowner, in order to sustain his burden of proving a de facto taking, must have unsuccessfully exposed his property to sale.
And Now, this 8th day of March, 1984, the order of the Court of Common Pleas of Berks County in the above-captioned matters is affirmed.
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