Friday, July 16, 1999

Boone may seek alternative site for justice center

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — Boone County Fiscal Court members have come to a consensus about the fate of some businesses across the street from the county administration building where a new justice center is proposed.

        “I would not recommend using eminent domain in this situation,” said Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore. “If we can't work out an agreement, we will look else where.”

        Mr. Moore said commissioners did not want to displace the Little Place Restaurant or the Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Co.

        “Our goal is to keep both of those businesses in Burlington,” he said. “If it were to close, there would be no restaurant in Burlington.”

        The county plans to look at moving the site for the proposed justice center behind the two businesses.

        If the county finds thatmoving the site won't work,

        officials say they will help relocate the two businesses.

        “We can do that through an economic development fund,” Mr. Moore said.

        The fund, which is already in the county's budget, is designed for those types of moves. It would include money above the appraised price of the property to include loss of income during a move, moving expenses and whatever improvements are necessary to build a new facility.

        Boone County Administrator Jim Parsons said $265,000 is in the fund although not all of it is avail able for projects.

        “Sounds promising,” said Estelle Nunn, owner of the restaurant. “I think he (Mr. Moore) is going to try to be helpful. He's sincere.

        “I just hope it works out well for everyone.”


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