- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

HIAWATHA, Iowa (AP) - The owner of two Hiawatha bars says he plans to move forward after losing his properties to the city, which plans to rebuild an intersection outside of the bars.

Hiawatha’s new intersection will be located directly on top of the area where Papa’s Sports Bar stands, KCRG-TV reported (https://bit.ly/1SigCzD ).

Hiawatha condemned the properties through eminent domain to acquire the land. Joe Zoll, who owns Pour Sports and Papa’s Sports bars, was offered $450,000 for damages and $5,000 for each property. The city had hired an agent to acquire the land from Zoll, but he refused to sell. He filed a lawsuit against the city for illegal condemnation, but lost.

City administrator Kim Downs said that is important for Hiawatha to redo the intersection due to increased traffic in the area.

Zoll said that losing his properties has been difficult and he doesn’t know where he will move to.

The city is required to help businesses acquired by condemnation with relocation and reestablishment costs.

“We would love to have both bars stay in Hiawatha. We have the ability to help them relocate,” Downs said.

A date for the bars to close hasn’t been set.


Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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