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After long-running dispute over land, 2 elected officials reach compromise

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St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green (left) and Missouri State Representative Karla May (right) (Credit: KMOV) St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green (left) and Missouri State Representative Karla May (right) (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Two state officials in a long-standing fight over a piece of property have finally reached a compromise after a News 4 investigation into the issue.

State Representative Karla May was granted an option for a portion of a lot at the end of a dead-end street in north St. Louis.

Last month, May questioned whether the process to acquire lots like it was fair.

"Do it right the first time, do it right the first time and that's the key,” she said.

May’s initial offer to buy the property, which is owned by a division of city government called LRA, was rejected.

News 4’s Investigation revealed the reason why stretches back to 2009.

Comptroller Darlene Green, who lives next door to the site in question, wanted part of the lot. But Green never finished the steps necessary to buy it.

May claimed her offer was rejected because, for years, the LRA was holding the land for Green.

“If I would have walked away, I would have been denied the whole offer and that was not right,” May said.

Instead, on Wednesday, LRA voted on a compromise: The two will subdivide the lot, so May can build and Green can have a buffer space.

Green did not want to speak with News 4 about the property Wednesday.

“This is not a city matter,” she said.

But she denied that LRA was ever holding the property for her.

“Was I treated special? I was not,” said Green.

Green says she'll be watching to see if May actually builds a home on the land. May says that's exactly what she'll do and also says she wants to look for ways to reform the LRA process to make sure it’s fair for all.

In the past, the executive director of the LRA told News 4 the whole thing was just human error.

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