The Michigan Supreme Court has denied the City of Troy’s right to simply obtain a piece of property that it failed to properly close on.
Now, Troy faces an acquisition through an eminent domain process.
No offer has yet been made because no appraisal has yet been prepared. To simply say that a governmental agency wants a piece of property, without consideration of the cost, is amazing. At the same time, why worry when the City that is doing the acquisition will not be paying the cost.
No city tax dollars have been used for construction. Grigg Bluhm said the Federal Transit Administration approved a request Monday to repurpose a $1.6 million grant to be used for purchasing the land from Grand/Sakwa.
If the Farmington-Hills developer declines the offer, the city would likely initiate condemnation, Grigg Bluhm said.
Alan Greene, attorney for Grand/Sakwa, said the development firm hadn’t received the offer from the city, as of Wednesday. He said the company still planned to appraise the plot of land before negotiating a purchase price.
The high court’s decision to not hear the case was the latest hitch in the city’s decade-long effort to construct the transit center. The nearly-completed $6.3 million project has received the support of Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, but it was a focal point in the recall effort of Troy’s former tea party Mayor Janice Daniels.