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August 5, 2013

Eminent domain: City eyes controversial move to acquire land

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ENID, Okla. —

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Sedbrook believes because 416 S. Grand is owned by a trust, and because there is no active business there, the city is refusing to offer enough money to replace the building with a structure somewhere else.

However, he said, there’s a reason the building has remained empty.

“We haven’t leased it or did anything with it because we knew we were going to be in this situation. We were trying to be nice and not do some long-term lease or something,” said Sedbrook. “They just don’t want to pay us what they pay everybody else, is the bottom line.”

He said he doesn’t necessarily want to build a new structure, but will if that’s what it takes to get a fair deal.

“That’s what they’re doing for other people, but they’re saying that since ours is in trust and not occupied, they don’t want to pay us what they paid everybody else,” he said.

If the city can acquire the Dillard land, and others further south of it, it likely will become a green space, with an amphitheater and parking for Enid Event Center and Convention Hall.

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