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Grandview Council votes to sell right of way for DQ expansion

GRANDVIEW - After more than a month of discussion, both the City of Grandview and Ken Herber, the owner of the local Dairy Queen, are getting what they want.

Herber, who wants to expand his business, recently petitioned the city to purchase 20 feet of right-of-way that runs along Wine Country Road, which was just recently widened. Council members were concerned about selling that much right-of-way along one of the city's main arterial streets. Selling 20 feet of right-of-way would have made it impossible for the city to expand the street out to a four-lane road in the future.

Monday night, the city and Herber reached a comprise that allows Herber to still have 20 feet of right-of-way for expansion and the city to have the space necessary to one day add a fourth lane to Wine County Road.

Herber, whose business sits on the corner of Wine Country Road and West Main Street, will be purchasing 10 feet of right-of-way on both Wine Country Road and West Main Street. The land acquisition will give Herber the additional 20 feet he wanted for his expansion.

"You wanted 20 total and this gives you 10 on each side," Mayor Norm Childress told Herber.

City Administrator Jim Sewell explained that selling Herber 10 feet of right-of-way on West Main Street, which is a dead end street, will not affect the city's future plans. He added that reducing the amount of right-of-way made available to Herber from 20 feet on Wine Country Road to just 10 feet along the main arterial will still give the city room to one day expand to a four-lane roadway.

Sewell said according to the Yakima County Assessors Office, the assessed value of the right-of-way property is 96ยข a square foot. This would bring the total cost to Herber for the additional property to more than $4,300.

Sewell also told council that if it were to make 10 feet of right-of-way along Wine Country Road from Euclid to Grandridge available to property owners it would bring in somewhere between $46,000 to $50,000 for the city.

Herber told council that purchasing right-of-way along West Main Street and Wine Country Road was something he could definitely live with.

"I could probably work with that," Herber said.

After much discussion, Grandview City Council members voted to make the right-of-way available to Herber, as well as to hold another public hearing to discuss making 10 feet of right-of-way on both the east and west side of Wine Country Road available to other property owners.

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