We have reported several times on the City of Barstow's efforts to renew its Redevelopment Agency's eminent domain authority, but Barstow residents apparently remain skeptical. A public meeting in April left many dissatisfied with the City's efforts, and the City's Council's effort to address the issue in May led to a deadlock.
Now, the City has scheduled an additional public meeting for this week in anticipation of the City Council's August 5 special meeting on the issue.
According to a July 25 article in the Desert Dispatch, "City to attempt second eminent domain meeting Wednesday," the City seeks to renew eminent domain authority
for the area encompassing the outlet malls, the area south of Rimrock Road between Barstow Road and Montara Road and the area west of Avenue L on West Main Street. The agency also seeks to reinstate eminent domain powers for the area between Interstates 15 and 40 near Walmart.
Residents want assurances, in writing, that the Redevelopment Agency will not use eminent domain to condemn residences or churches. Others want a better understanding of how the City defines blight before supporting additional eminent domain rights.
The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28, at the Barstow Church of God in Christ at 1375 Sage Dr.
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