Archive for Saturday, July 17, 2010

City paid MagnaGro $28K for easements

July 17, 2010


During a time when MagnaGro International’s production facility was out of compliance with several city codes, the owner of the building also received $28,000 from the city.

The city of Lawrence purchased two easements totaling about 0.22 acre from Star Tyler Properties, owner of the MagnaGro building, as part of the Burroughs Creek Trail project.

The city paid more for the MagnaGro property than any other on the trail. The city paid $2.78 per square foot for the easements, when other easements were secured for prices ranging from $1.25 to $2 per square foot.

Diane Stoddard, assistant city manager, said the city paid the higher price after officials from Star Tyler Properties contested a condemnation action in court. Star Tyler had been seeking $6.50 per square foot, and the city decided to settle the matter for the $28,000 rather than take on the expense of a court case, Stoddard said.

Stoddard said the city took extra effort to make sure all parties understood the easement issues and the code enforcement issues were not related.

“We did not want the impression that these actions were in any way tied together,” Stoddard said in a written response.


Richard Heckler 7 years, 11 months ago

This business should be shut down until in complete compliance across the board.

Again this business deserves to be shut down! Knowingly in violation of compliance with several city codes is the much larger issue.

It is also possible the business should have been shut down long before land purchasing was commenced.

Which of the violations if any have been corrected? When was City Hall's most recent visit?

Why do matters such as this get pushed to the back burner?

Why do the owners know a business can operate knowingly in violation of compliance with several city codes? Is this a pattern within City Hall?

Steve Miller 7 years, 11 months ago

Because there is some big monwy involved. That's the only way this business can survive. There is big money here... Take a look..

BruceWayne 7 years, 11 months ago

can the families of the two men killed there file a suit against the city? if the city knew about the violations and refused to enforce code aren't they responsible?

jafs 7 years, 11 months ago

I would think that morally, yes, the city is partially responsible.

Legally, I don't know.

ralphralph 7 years, 11 months ago

Buying an easement for a trail doesn't really have anything to do with compliance or non-compliance, so that part is a non-story. Paying double-the-price for the easement could be a story, but is probably a non-story too, since a sad truth is that people who are jerks and won't settle on a fair price for such easements are frequently rewarded with a higher price ... talk about the wrong incentives.

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 11 months ago

No wonder merrill has had his panties in a wad about this whole issue. The Burroughs trail is one of his pet projects.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 11 months ago

The easement was bought from Star Tyler Properties, not from Magnagro. I can find no direct connection between the two, other than Magnagro's leasing of the property. Does anyone know of any other connections?

Steve Miller 7 years, 11 months ago

It doesn't matter the trail of big money always leaves everyone with a little bit of stink on the finger... get it ..

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