Douglas County may use eminent domain to acquire building for juvenile justice center (copy)

The Douglas County Board is considering demolishing this building at 420 S. 18th St. to make way for a new justice center.

A juvenile justice center proposed for downtown Omaha will remain stalled at least until January by a property owner’s lawsuit over eminent domain.

Bob Perrin sued Douglas County over the county’s effort to use its eminent domain authority to force him to sell his building at 420 S. 18th St.

After a hearing Tuesday, Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon left in place his temporary restraining order that bars the county from taking possession of the building and tearing it down.

“That’s good for us,” Perrin said. “My hope was that the injunction would be permanent, but to continue it is better than vacating it.”

Perrin’s attorney, David Domina, and attorneys for the county will file written briefs. A ruling is not expected before January.

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Chris Burbach covers the Douglas County Board, Planning Board and other local government bodies, as well as local neighborhood issues. Follow him on Twitter @chrisburbach. Phone: 402-444-1057.

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