Dayton in hot water over $635 land sale

Cliburn Manor property in Dayton. (WDTN Photo)
Cliburn Manor property in Dayton. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton City Commissioners are in the hot seat and a US congressman is leading the charge.

Representative Mike Turner claims that the mayor and city commissioners mistakenly approved a sale to Upscale Realty.

Their approval meant selling the property known as Cliburn Manor for just $635. Dayton purchased that same land for $500,000.

Rep. Turner demanded answers from the mayor in a letter.  Turner claims more than $190,000 in federal and local funding may have been misused.

The money was meant for redevelopment of the property at Alberta and Burns streets.  Officials claim a clerical error caused the mistake.

Dayton officials filed a lawsuit Tuesday morning against the realtor to “clarify and confirm the title.”

The city says its law department tried to have the realtor legally transfer the property interest back to Dayton. The realtor declined.

Instead, Upscale Realty wants the city to pay fair market value for the property.

That would mean the city paying $340,000. It is the current market value according to Montgomery County Auditor’s Office.

WDTN did request to interview and speak with the mayor and city officials.

They were not available. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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