Compromise reached on disputed Dallas hotel property



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Posted on November 5, 2012 at 8:42 PM

DALLAS — Want to know what it feels like to have the upper hand against the City of Dallas? Ask Carolyn McClain.

She owns a narrow strip of land that juts into the front yard of Omni Dallas Hotel.

Because of a long-ago land deal, McClain collects big rent on the 2,500 square foot property, which she says she gives to charity.

A year ago, McLain was asking $1.2 million to relinquish her title. "Hogwash," said the city.

"The fact is, you don't have any comparable sales on any property selling for $800 a square foot, do you?" asked assistant city attorney Ken Bennett.

No, but that's the city's problem, McClain contended.

So the City of Dallas sued. And now, it looks like both sides are ready to settle.

But McClain gets the better deal.

The city had previously offered $182,000 for the contested property. Now they're up to $405,000, about $162 per square foot.

Two years ago, property-rights attorney Clint Schumacher predicted it would pretty much go down like this. "Until the city either meets or beats what they would get under contract, there's no reason for them to sell," he said.

But now, there is.

Which only illustrates that sometimes, you can beat City Hall.