Southern Methodist University, Condo Owner Settle Lawsuit over Bush Library

January 8, 2010 - 4:24 PM
A settlement between a former condominium owner and Southern Methodist University over the planned site for George W. Bush's presidential library has been approved.
Dallas (AP) - A settlement between a former condominium owner and Southern Methodist University over the planned site for George W. Bush's presidential library has been approved.
 
The Dallas Morning News reports that the deal involves a payment from SMU to former condo owner Gary Vodicka (voh-DEE'-kah). The amount was not disclosed.
 
Vodicka described the settlement as "fair."
 
The final papers were signed Thursday by a retired judge at the Collin County Courthouse.
 
SMU maintained Vodicka had no legitimate claim to the condo where he once lived. He balked at selling the property to make way for the Bush library.
 
School attorney Leon Bennett says the only way to have good title to the property was to clear up the dispute. He says that's what the settlement accomplishes.