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City Pays $60,000 for less than One-Tenth of an acre on Erie Street

Strip of land needed for street reconstruction work

The price of land is steep these days in Kent.

voted Wednesday to spend $58,190 on a sliver of land along Erie Street downtown.

The exact size of the land bought is 0.0126 acres, or less than 550 square feet.

Kent City Manager Dave Ruller told council the land is necessary in order to finish the reconstruction work on Erie Street.

The street reconstruction is part of the downtown redevelopment, and Erie Street will see some massive changes between Haymaker Parkway and South Water Street.

The reconstruction work will widen the sidewalks on both sides of Erie Street in that section to 15 feet while also moving on-street parking from the middle of the road to the sides.

Kent City Engineer Jim Bowling said the small piece of land, which is owned by Paul Braden, is necessary in order to widen the street and sidewalks.

"This is an essential piece of property to complete Erie Street," he said.

Bowling said the city has been working with Braden for months to determine exactly how much of his land the city needed in order to minimize the effect on his parking lot behind .

"As well as getting what we need for the street," Bowling said.

The street reconstruction work itself is being paid for in part by .

Diane Stresing June 22, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Ouch. So to clarify, does Mr. Braden own Woodsy's?
Matt Fredmonsky June 22, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Yes.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! June 23, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Of course it would be that much. Jeez Paul. Maybe you can take that money and put it toward upkeep of all your buildings. Little paint and power washing would do them good.
J Madison June 25, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Whatever happened to paying a fair price through eminent domain? $600,000 per acre in Kent, Ohio is quite extreme and ridiculous. As always, the politicians just throw our money away to their friends anytime they want. This extreme rip-off should have been on the ballot!

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