A former mayoral candidate challenged the City of South Bend’s acquisition activity. Rather than having South Bend obtain his property through eminent domain, the candidate sold it to the private redevelopment agency for three times the appraisal price.
The amount the city wound up paying for this transaction raises issues of its own. To say that Mr. Curry, the unsuccessful candidate, would be unlikely to find greater political success in the future, is an understatement.
The City of South Bend found a way to complete the Family Dollar deal, but it won’t be buying the home of former mayoral candidate Wayne Curry.
“Property rights were, as far as I’m concerned, were upheld since eminent domain was not used and it was a private purchase by the developing entity,” Curry told News Center 16 on Tuesday.
You may remember that the City of South Bend tried to take Curry’s home through the use of eminent domain, but Curry fought back by filing a civil lawsuit.
In an out of court settlement, Curry recently sold his home directly to the subdivision developer—the Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization (NNRO) for $355,000.
As part of the out of court settlement, the city has dropped its eminent domain proceedings, and Curry has dropped his lawsuit.
While Curry was given a chance to buy a new home in the new subdivision, he turned that offer down.
“There are certain rules and stipulations in the new subdivision that, things I, like, like a hot tub for instance, isn’t allowed in the new subdivision…you just have a lots of rules and things I didn’t particularly care for.”
While the financial settlement will allow Curry to buy a new home somewhere in South Bend, it won’t buy him the happiness he had.