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March 28, 2013

Judge: Ball State can seek land via eminent domain

MUNCIE, Ind. —  A judge has ruled Ball State University can proceed with its efforts to claim a family business near campus through eminent domain.

Ball State is seeking ownership of Hiatt Printing so it can build a hotel and conference center, student housing and commercial space. Attorneys for the Hiatt family contend Ball State's plans for the property don't constitute public use because all or part of it would be used for business.

Delaware Circuit Judge Thomas Cannon Jr. ruled Wednesday that with 93 percent of the building being dedicated to "educational, housing and support services needed by the university," the paramount interest being served is the school's educational mission.

The judge is now expected to appoint three appraisers to determine the property's fair market value..


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