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UPDATE: Rehoboth's City Hall needs to prove deed for property to receive the rest of their loan

Rehoboth's City Hall needs to prove...

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - UPDATE: Delaware’s Court of Chancery signed the order quieting title for the City Hall property.

The order will be filed with the Sussex County Recorder of Deeds, and now there will be a clear and marketable title to the City Hall property.  

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Rehoboth Beach's multi-million dollar city hall may be facing a stall in construction. 

Voters approved the loan from the United States Department of Agriculture, but now the USDA is withholding the final $2.2 million payment until the city proves they own the site.  

City Solicitor Glenn Mandalas says the property has 3 different parcels, and they're having trouble providing a clean title on one of them. 

Mandalas says the city was given this property 80 years ago, so there is no question that they own it. 

He tells 47 ABC that they've petitioned Delaware's Chancery Court to grant a quiet title action, a lawsuit meant to define ownership of property. 

While they wait, many residents are left to voice their frustration and concern. Others are trying to grasp exactly what's going on, more concerned with what the building will provide the area, both aesthetically and functionally. 

Regardless of what it will bring, the lack of a clear title is yet another hurdle. 

But Mandalas says that he isn't worried, that they will get it settled in their upcoming hearing on Friday.

The hearing will take place Friday at 11 a.m. in Georgetown. 

The court has asked anyone who might dispute the city's claim to make their case at the hearing. 


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