Property Battle Wait Extended


The court date to settle a property battle between a university and a home owner was supposed to be Wednesday, but instead, both the Daffron family and Vincennes University will have to wait for a decision.

Rebecca Brumfield was the first to report on the land dispute.

She has an update.

Leroy and Michele Daffron and VU were supposed to appear in court.

Leroy tells me that it’s both a good and bad thing their court date got pushed back. 

On the positive side, he says their attorney is fighting for more time to prove their case. 

And on the negative side, he says he and his wife now wonder if they’ll have just three months in their home. 

The Daffron’s property remains theirs for now.

Vincennes University is trying to acquire the land through eminent domain.

VU has offered to buy the property, which sits next to the university’s diesel mechanics building.

But the Daffron’s don’t believe VU is offering a fair price.

Leroy says he and his wife suffer physical and emotional pain every day, just waiting for the day to come to see if they stay, or if they go.

“You know, I’ve said all along, I believe in education,” says Leroy Daffron. “But I don’t believe in displacing people in the process and I know sometimes that has to happen, but if you can avoid it, they should avoid it. You know, they should be caring about what’s going on in this community. Not just about their building.”

Previously, VU’s president told WTWO the school doesn’t want to create any ill will.

They believe the university and their students will benefit if they can acquire the property and expand.

The land acquisition case has been rescheduled for July, both sides will be there. 

And so will we.

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