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  88.497.  Condemnation of private property. — Private property may be taken by the cities of the third class for public use for the purpose of establishing, opening, widening, extending or altering any street, avenue, alley, wharf, creek, river, watercourse, market place, public park or public square, and for establishing market houses, and for any other necessary public purposes.

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(RSMo 1939 § 6998)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 6852; 1919 § 8334; 1909 § 9261

(1998) A municipality's general statutory authority to condemn private property is not sufficient to condemn property devoted to prior public use for another public use which will destroy, impair or interfere with such prior use.  Smithville v. St. Luke's Northland Hospital, 972 S.W.2d 416 (W.D.Mo.).

(2014)  Section authorizing third-class city authority to condemn private property for public use does not confer authority to condemn for blight; section was enacted prior to state constitutional provision allowing the General Assembly to permit non-charter cities to utilize eminent domain to eliminate blighted areas.  City of North Kansas City v. K.C. Beaton Holding Co., LLC, 417 S.W.3d 825 (Mo.App.W.D.).


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