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ODOT using eminent domain for Les Schwab land

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Transportation wants Les Schwab Tire Centers to sell land that's needed for a $45 million overhaul of U.S. Highway 97.

The Bulletin newspaper reports that the agency has filed a lawsuit in Deschutes County under eminent domain laws.

ODOT seeks a roughly half-acre parcel on Bend's south side.

Les Schwab has owned the undeveloped property since 2001. The state filed suit after the company rejected its undisclosed offer.

Les Schwab Chief Marketing Officer Dale Thompson says the court filing is part of the process and he expects a deal to eventually close.

ODOT has been buying land for the Highway 97 project since 2002. It expects to start the project this summer.

Information from: The Bulletin

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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