(AP) — A judge has ruled Ball State University can proceed with its
efforts to claim a family business near campus through eminent domain.
Ball State is
seeking ownership of Hiatt Printing so it can build a hotel and conference
center, student housing and commercial space. Attorneys for the Hiatt
family contend Ball State's plans for the property don't constitute public
use because all or part of it would be used for business.
The Star Press
reports Delaware Circuit Judge Thomas Cannon Jr. ruled Wednesday that with
93 percent of the building being dedicated to "educational, housing and
support services needed by the university," the paramount interest being
served is the school's educational mission.
The judge is
now expected to appoint three appraisers to determine the property's fair