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Toledo Threatens Eminent Domain

Toledo and AT&T have reached an impasse over a land sale, forcing the city to begin the process of eminent domain against the telecommunications company.

The city plans to widen parts of Dorr Street in West Toledo so it can build center median islands and designated turn areas along the roads between Byrne Road and Westwood Avenue. The project requires the city to buy less than 0.19 acre of land.

Council could vote next week on the eminent domain request. It would have to approve a follow-up ordinance for the mayor’s office to officially file an eminent-domain request.

City Law Director Adam Loukx said the city uses eminent domain commonly for street and sewer work. “Typically they do not go to trial,” Mr. Loukx said. “Most of the time, the landowner will make a deal with you and sometimes they won’t, so you have to go to trial.”

In 1999, Toledo used eminent domain to remove eighty-three homes and fifteen businesses in North Toledo to allow construction of the $1.2 billion Toledo Jeep Assembly plant.

Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2014/01/21/City-threatens-eminent-domain.html#fV8Vg4wXc31XOb49.99

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