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HILLSBORO, OR-City officials here want a former Albertson’s store property for their new police precinct, and they are prepared to use whatever method necessary to get it. The city has reportedly offered the Florida-based property owner $2.4 million for the property, but also has said that if negotiations fail it is prepared to use the power of eminent domain to expropriate the property at Southeast 10th Avenue and Baseline Street.

Meanwhile, real estate sources say Hillsborough Oregon Associates, the Florida-based real estate partnership, has been offered $3.4 million for the land by Walgreen Drug Stores. The city’s offer expires Jan. 8. If the two sides don’t reach agreement, the City Council is expected to pass an ordinance authorizing condemnation of the property using its eminent domain authority. The procedure requires a judge to look at appraisals, conduct a trial and determine the amount the city must pay as fair market value to acquire the land.

The determined amount will go not only to Hillsborough Oregon Associates, but also to Albertson’s. The grocery retailer closed the location in 1999 but retained leasehold on the property through 2032, with an option to buy out the lease and own the property. The two went to court this summer to determine ownership, but settled out of court in October.

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