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Muncie family fighting Ball State over property

MUNCIE – A judge says he’ll rule by the end of March whether Ball State University can continue its efforts to claim the site of a family business through eminent domain.

The Muncie college has offered the family that owns Hiatt Printing $400,000 for the property.

The Star Press reports the school hopes to build a $25 million hotel and conference center at the site, which also would include some student housing.

The Hiatts’ attorney filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Ball State’s plans for the property don’t constitute public use because all or part of it would be used for business.

Ball State maintains only 7 percent of the proposed project would be commercial space.

Delaware Circuit Judge Thomas Cannon Jr. says he’ll rule this month.