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Sequim to use eminent domain effort to get property for Civic Center

June 12th, 2014 - 5:30am

(SEQUIM) In an effort to keep the construction for the new Sequim Civic Center on track, the Sequim City Council has opted to go with an eminent domain process for an unoccupied home on Spruce Street.

According to City Attorney Craig Ritchie a short sale agreement with the home owners is already in place. Despite the short sale agreement, there were some underlying complexities with the mortgage that are now posing a problem for the home's sale.

The city hopes that the eminent domain declaration will prompt the mortgage holders to negotiate a sale with the city. That declaration should be filed in court sometime this week.

The home, at 191 West Spruce Street, is currently owned by a couple who live in Renton. They agreed to sell the home in a short sale for $89,000, but owe approximately $140,000 for the property.

The city will now wait to see what the bank's response will be to it's eminent domain claim. The bank could choose to settle on an agreed price adjustment, or could decide to further litigate the matter.

The city wants a swift resolution so construction can continue. Construction for Sequim's new city hall complex began back in April.


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