We've previously reported on the City of Vista's moving forward with the use of eminent domain to acquire the Riviera Motel and other properties in order to assemble property for an auto mall. It appears that the eminent domain dispute has now reached a resolution, as the North County Times is reporting that Vista city council approved a settlement with the motel owner and another nearby property owner.
According to the article, "VISTA: City approves $3.2 million in property purchases," the Riviera Motel owner is receiving compensation of $1.65 million for the .71-acre ...
There is an interesting story in today's North County Times about a political dispute brewing between members of a sub-committe of the Vista Redevelopment Agency. The story by Cigi Ross, titled "VISTA: Member breaks rank with Vista redevelopment panel," explains that one of Vista's project area committee members, Jerome Hymes, has distributed a letter to about 35 downtown businesses warning that the agency may seize their property by eminent domain. The other members are chastising Hymes, claiming the letter is filled with a "total laundry list of all the urban myths of ...
Everyone knows the sad tale of America's automotive industry: companies operating only through government subsidies and dealerships shutting their doors across the country. So when the City of Vista came up with a plan to "create a second downtown car dealership and boost sales tax revenue," one would think the public would embrace it.
But like many bold plans, this one has a wrinkle. While most of the property needed to facilitate the plan is available for purchase, including the existing North County Ford site, one additional parcel is needed.
According to North County Times ...
In an October 31 article for the North County Times, "VISTA: City wants to redevelop motel property," reporter Cigi Ross writes about the City of Vista's plans to acquire a motel property as part of a plan to redevelop the area:
The owner of a downtown Vista motel is accusing the city of trying to kick him out of his business and his home.
City officials announced Monday they're trying to purchase the Vista Riviera Motel as part of a redevelopment project along Vista Village Drive and Vista Way that could include a new car dealership.
While the City's efforts currently involve a voluntary acquisition, the owner has already said that he does not want to sell, raising the possibility that the City could acquire the property through eminent domain. Though this situation raises the specter of the often criticized Kelo decision, the situation is different, in that Vista's stated motivation in acquiring the property is to eliminate blight, a motivation missing in the Kelo case.
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