FARMINGTON — A judge has thrown out a motion to force the city to guarantee where an intersection for the future realignment of Park Lane will be located.
Judge Glen Dawson denied a motion by E & H Limited on Monday, which could have potentially forced the city to move the location of a future intersection for the roadway west of Station Park.
Lindon and Leanne Evans own the land company.
The city purchased 1.5 acres of land from E & H Limited in 2010 for extension of the roadway, after threatening to initiate eminent domain, if necessary, to acquire the property.
Mayor Scott Harbertson said the Evanses are concerned about areas on their remaining property to potentially develop, once the roadway is completed.
The project will be bid out in a couple of weeks to facilitate construction later this year, the mayor said.
The road will extend Park Lane beyond Station Park in a mostly southerly direction, until it intersects with Clark Lane.
Harbertson said the city’s original agreement with E & H Limited had no details about where the intersection will be.
He said concerns about that location came up after the proposed alignment left E & H Limited with no corners to develop adjacent to the roadway. He said the value of the intersection is that CenterCal, the developer of Station Park, will be able to potentially develop some corners on the far western portions of their property with the new road alignment.
“The Evanses are upset they aren’t getting any corners to develop. Honestly, they blew the negotiations. The city said we can’t continue to wait,” Harbertson said.
He noted the city paid a good price to acquire the land for the road project.
City Manager Dave Millheim was pleased with the court’s ruling.
“I think the intersection should go where it makes the most sense,” Millheim said.
He said he was pleased the judge ruled in the city’s favor and said the existing contract with E & H Limited can’t be altered after it was agreed upon.
Years in the planning, the new road extension will be completed before the Station Park project is finished in 2014. Millheim predicted the intersection will be a big arterial for the city in the future.
The majority of the funding for the extension will come from the federal government.
The city is required to provide about 10 percent of the nearly $3 million to fund the project.
Funding for the road extension project has already been approved, through the Wasatch Front Regional Council, for 2013-14.