The Salt Lake School District won't have to begin condemnation proceedings against property needed for the West High track.
Two weeks ago, the school district threatened to go to court to have property adjacent to West High School condemned because it said that the property owner's asking price was $40,000 more than the property's value.But Gary Harmer, the district's business manager, said the owner has agreed to sell the property at 227-229 N. Second West for $71,000. Two appraisals of the property put the value at $61,000 and $68,000, but the owner had been advertising the .08 acre of land for $105,000.
At its April 18 meeting, the Salt Lake Board of Education gave the owner 10 days to negotiate an equitable price or it said it would, under its powers of eminent domain, have the property condemned for what is determined a public need. With condemnation, the judge decides the purchase price.
The board approved the purchase Tuesday night. A five-plex sits on the property, and the owner has agreed to have all tenants vacate the premises by May 31, Harmer said.