Resident: Alley dispute doesn’t end with council decision

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 03:20 PM.

Then there’s the mortgage that Barbara Adams took out on the property in 1996, and an estimated 70 years of property taxes the family has paid on the alley, as county records show.

Additionally, city engineer Fred Cook referred to the property in an Aug. 2, 2011 memo concerning FAMU’s water service.

“The area along the east (northeast) side of the building is not a publicly owned alley — it is private property,” he said.

Helt and Hayes did not return Thursday afternoon phone calls inquiring about the matter. Gordon offered no comment due to potential litigation. City clerk Betsy Roy did the same.

In past newspaper reports, Miller has said the city knows about such claims "and will heartily defend the city's title.”

Meanwhile, the battle has cost the Adamses an estimated $30,000 in legal fees and has taken its toll on his 75-year-old mother, Purl said.

“When all this first started, all my mom asked for from the architect and FAMU was the payoff for her mortgage so she could deed the alleyway to whoever and make all of this go away. The mortgage was around $25,000,” he said. “The city decided to file a suit, causing mental stress on my mother, an elderly widow ... not to mention the added stress of having to retain an attorney...

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