Judge Rules Dairy Queen Property as “Necessary” for New School

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Mary Alice Reporting:

(September 9th) Dover, Ohio – A ruling is made in favor for the Dover School district to acquire property on North Tuscarawas Avenue for a new school.

In early January, the School District appraised the property at $227,000 and the District sent a note of intent to acquire with an offering price of $275,000.

The complaint, by the School Board, to appropriate the property was filed in March after a rejection letter was sent to the board asking the District to pay costs to relocate the Dairy Queen business.

On Friday, Judge Edward O’Farrell ruled that the Dairy Queen property was shown to be necessary for the school district to build a high school for grades 9 through 12.

The new building is possible after city voters approved a bond levy in November 2016 for almost $26 million. The Dover School District previously entered into agreements with 16 other property owners for acquisition.

A jury trial will now be scheduled to determine appropriate compensation to the owners of Dairy Queen for the purchase of the property.

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