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Bill Corti is suing TriMet for $279,679 over the lack of vehicle access to the house he owns in downtown Milwaukie.

Due to light-rail construction, TriMet has left no way for cars to enter this half-acre property at 2326 S.E. Monroe St. Before the construction, Corti and his tenants had two legal accesses to get onto the property with vehicles.

Because the city doesn’t allow cars to back up onto Monroe Street, no curb cut remains in front of the property’s garage where a new sidewalk was built. Engineers drew up TriMet’s own preliminary plans showing it was possible to keep access through a driveway near a substation after light-rail construction. Corti hired his own engineering design firm to show it is still possible to get a driveway into the property.

A jury trial is scheduled to start on July 9 regarding TriMet’s actions, and Clackamas County Court documents show that the transit agency believes fair compensation for the property would be $19,700.

The property has been a rental house in the Corti family since 1957, and Corti’s court documents argue for the nearly $280,000 compensation due to the fact that his tenants cannot get onto the property with their cars because of TriMet’s construction of retaining walls.      

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