Crestview council votes against settlement agreement on alley

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 11:29 AM.

"With this right here and what I am seeing, I am going to think another way," he said.  "Based on what I am holding in my hand, I say fight it. If we lose, we lose."

In a role call vote, Hayes, Helt and Gordon voted against the settlement, while Rytman and Blocker voted in favor.

The alley in dispute serves Main Street businesses that occupy buildings originally owned by Adams. Some are still owned by his daughter-in-law, Barbara, and his grandson, Purl Adams III, who claim the alley is part of their property, noting the former Alatex Building didn’t have a door to the alley until FAMU refurbished the structure.

The alley has since been renovated by FAMU, which believed it had acquired the right-of-way when the city turned over the Alatex Building to the university. Today, a new paved walk runs the alley’s length, sodded on either side, and new walkways have been laid to the rear doors of the block’s Main Street businesses.

A phone call to the Adams family was not immediately returned by press deadline.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.

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