Town of Huntington officials have settled a decade-old dispute on property it took through eminent domain.
The town board approved paying $175,000 to Dish Realty to settle litigation against the town board and the planning board over the firm's plans to build a laundromat at 1000 New York Ave.
In addition, the settlement covers court and attorneys fees and interest owed in a settlement with the firm over the cost the town paid to acquire the property through eminent domain in 2010.
A lawsuit against the town filed in 2004 followed Dish Realty's failure to get town permission to build the laundromat. The town prevailed in the lower court but Dish filed four appeals and three additional motions which were pending.
The settlement involves withdrawing all of the pending appeals and motions, in exchange for the $175,000, town officials said.
"This settlement clears all of the legal issues surrounding the property at 1000 New York Avenue and allows for its redevelopment to proceed as part of the Huntington Station revitalization process," Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said.
The board voted 5-0 at the August town board meeting to approve the settlement.
A call to Uniondale-based Ruskin Moscou Faltischek PC, the firm representing Dish Realty, was not immediately returned.
In 2010, six years after the suit was filed over the laundromat, the town board approved the appropriation of $535,000 to acquire the site through eminent domain.
According to town officials, once a government votes to take a property by eminent domain, the property becomes the town's and the only issue is the price. Dish Realty sued, challenging that price.
Earlier this year the town paid an additional $177,000 following a State Supreme Court decision. The town ultimately paid $712,000.
Petrone said the town has been working with Plainview-based Renaissance Downtowns on plans for a mixed-use building on a site that includes 1000 New York Ave. that would have more than 60 studio and one-bedroom apartments and a pedestrian plaza.