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Roanoke condemnation case resolved

A couple fighting city hall in Roanoke over the condemnation of their property has decided to end the battle and accept a $2.2 million valuation of their property set by a jury in March.

The Roanoke Times reports Jay and Stephanie Burkholder decided that financial considerations outweighed their desire to take the hotly disputed issue to the Supreme Court of Virginia.

The couple argued the city exceeded its authority in condemning the site of their flooring business for a proposed medical park. The Burkholders say they still plan to push for an amendment to the Virginia Constitution to bar similar takings.

By Peter Vieth

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