West Ada

Eagle gas station, focus of urban renewal dispute, is torn down

The long-vacant gas station building at the southwest corner of Eagle Road and State Street was torn down Thursday morning as part of an agreement between the Eagle Urban Renewal Agency and the property owners, Rick and Sandy Smith.

The Eagle Urban Renewal Agency in March initiated eminent domain action to seize the site because it was a “blight.” The urban renewal agency planned to use the site for a parking lot.

The Smiths filed a lawsuit against the urban renewal agency to stop the condemnation.

Both parties reached an agreement July 15.

According to the settlement, the Eagle Urban Renewal Agency stopped the condemnation action and agreed to pay the Smiths $33,750 if they demolished and removed the existing building and asphalt by Sept. 12. The agency will pay the Smiths an additional $33,750 upon start of new construction or the closing on the sale of the property.

The Smiths, or a new owner, have until Dec. 31, 2016, to start construction. If construction is not under way by then, the agency could pursue another condemnation action.

The Smiths also agreed to keep the property “free of blight and in a clear and clean condition,” according to court documents. Failure to do so could result in a $250 penalty.