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Mayor Hopes to Put New Floodwater Retention System on Stadium Drive

City Council approved the purchase of three properties on Tuesday.

Mayor Jerry N. Hruby hopes to put a new retention area on Stadium Drive to relieve flooding in , a plan he brought up during .

Council gave its approval of the purchase of three pieces of property on Stadium Drive on Tuesday.

Hruby said the location of the property should allow the city to build a retention area to slow the flow of floodwater into Chippewa Creek. Hruby said that the retention area wouldn’t take up the entire property. The other land would be saved for future use by the city. 

The three parcels of land—6947, 6949 and 6951 Stadium Drive—will cost the city $130,000, said law director David. J. Matty. The city is purchasing the land from Fifth Third Mortgage Company. All three properties were foreclosed.

Real estate agent Sam LoFaso, of Russell Real Estate, said the three properties were sandwiched between city-owned land and school district-owned land. The director of the bank asked LoFaso to approach the city and see if officials were interested in buying it. They were, and the process went fairly quickly, LoFaso said. The closing date has not yet been determined.

One of the properties is currently vacant, LoFaso said, but the other two are being rented, one for residential purposes and one for commercial. The commercial property was home to a salon, . The business could not be reached for comment.

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