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Scottsdale Settles Land Dispute For $2.5 Million
Scottsdale City Council voted Tuesday night to end a legal dispute that stood in the way of building a new fire station.
The city is settling with the property owners for $2.5 million.
Last summer, the city of Scottsdale attempted to acquire 1.5 acres of land on Indian Bend Road east of Hayden Road to relocate a fire station.
Robert Hing claimed the city disrupted plans to sell the land and did not evaluate enough other options.
The dispute ended up in court and a Maricopa County judge sided with Scottsdale in the fall.
The city sought to reduce the cost of litigation and a trial by settling for $2.5 million, according to city council documents. The parties involved in the lawsuit included Robert Hing, Alice Hing and the Scottsdale Athletic Club, Inc.
The money will come from the budget for the relocation of Fire Station 603.
KJZZ was unable to contact Robert Hing or his attorney Tuesday.
Scottsdale spokesman Mike Phillips issued a statement on behalf of the city Tuesday before the city council meeting approving the settlement.
“The city is pleased both parties could come to agreement on the acquisition of the Hing property, pending final City Council approval scheduled for the April 25 meeting. The land is located on Indian Bend Road east of Hayden Road. The agreement will allow construction of a fire station on this site to better serve residents of the area.”
EDITOR'S NOTE: The story has been updated to correct the spelling of Mike Phillips.