City Manager Tom Ambrosino has put in a request to the City Council for an appraisal of a home at 29 Tudor St. – next to the new Clark Avenue School.
Ambrosino said he would like the City to take the property by eminent domain if, and only if, the owner is amendable to the deal. He said the new school project is just too close to her property and would be a real hardship upon her.
“She’s in a tough spot,” he said of the owner. “Even after construction is completed, she’ll be very, very close to the dumpster, the music room and the loading dock. She’s right on top of this project, unfortunately, in a way that no other abutter is.”
Ambrosino requested $2,500 for the appraisal, which is the first step towards acquisition of the property.
He wrote the Council that he saw the property as problematic from his first days.
“I have been convinced form my first days here that this house should be considered for acquisition, provided that the owner was amendable,” he wrote. “In recent conversations, the owner of 29 Tudor St. has indicated at least a willingness to consider a purchase by the City. But, before any serious discussions about acquisition can occur, the City needs an independent appraisal.”
Ambrosino said there is no guarantee that t
he City will be able to reach an agreement with the owner. He also said they will not proceed without her permission.
Oftentimes, land takings are necessary when working on an urban school project. However, they are more expensive than a traditional sale price and are not reimbursable with state funds. That would mean any costs incurred from any possible taking would fall on the City’s portion of the project budget.