- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

ELLSVILLE, Mo. (AP) - The city of Ellisville in western St. Louis County is on the hook for more than $1 million in a legal dispute over a former car dealership it hoped to turn into a new City Hall.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1zJF4j4 ) reports that Ellisville has been ordered to pay $1.08 million for backing out of a $3.2 million contract to buy the property. That amount represents the money the limited liability corporation says it lost when it had to sell the property to another buyer.

The city announced the purchase in May 2013 after signing a contract one month earlier but reversed course when a new group of elected leaders expressed concern about the project.

Mayor Adam Paul says the city is considering a possible appeal.

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