4/22/2005

Eminent domain case in court end of July : The (Central IL) Pantagraph, 4/21/05

By Greg Cima

Attorneys will argue in late July whether Normal [IL] can move forward with eminent domain claims on land slated for a hotel, parking garage and conference center.

Phil Montalvo, the attorney representing landowners Bill and Orval Yarger and Alec Wade has asked the court to dismiss the town's eminent domain claims. Arguments will be heard July 26.

The town and the landowners are locked in a legal battle over properties at 207 S. Fell Ave., 211 North St. and 213 North St. The town and the owners accuse each other of not bargaining over a sale price in good faith.

The development would take up much of the land bordered by Fell Avenue, Broadway and Beaufort and North streets. Plans included a $30 million, 10-story hotel, 300-space parking garage and 40,000 square-foot conference center.

If the town wins in court action in July, the case will later move to a jury to decide what would constitute fair compensation for the land.

The town filed the eminent domain lawsuit in September


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