But a judge recently sided with the landowner, ruling that he does not have to pay the city back or reclaim his land.
"John Wirchanski, whose family has owned the land known as Hall's Corner for centuries, had three tracts totaling nearly 20 acres taken. The city is using one parcel of 4.65 acres and doesn't want its $1.63 million returned for that.
But Dublin says it now has no use for the other two parcels and wants its $5.25 million back.
Wirchanski argued that the city can't abandon the project when crews already have dug up some of the property and taken down a barn and more than 30 mature trees."
Thanks to The Urbanophile