New White’s Ferry owner wants Loudoun to take Virginia landing site by eminent domain

Chuck Kuhn might not be the owner of the still-shuttered White’s Ferry for long.

Kuhn, founder and CEO of Sterling’s JK Moving Services, and his wife, Stacy, recently closed on their acquisition of the historic ferry system, but they’ve had no success negotiating with the owners of Rockland Farm LLC for the rights to use the historic ferry’s Virginia docking site. The ferry was shut down in December amid an ongoing legal dispute between Rockland Farm and the ferry’s prior owner.

The Kuhns are now looking to the government to condemn and seize the Virginia docking site via eminent domain, which would allow the ferry system, which runs between Poolesville in Montgomery County and near Lucketts in Loudoun County, to reopen. That process could take up to 10 months, meaning an early 2022 reopening.

The challenge: Virginia’s eminent domain law only allows its implementation to support “public uses,” not private enterprise. So Kuhn has offered to donate the ferry and the Maryland shoreline,…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.

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