In the City of Fresno, the Tower Theatre is a bohemian landmark, opened in 1929 as a 20th Century Fox Movie House. This year, it became public that Adventure Church was buying the theatre, which has caused tensions to rise in the community, with thousands signing a petition to save the historic theatre, weeks of demonstrations trying to prevent its use as a church, and even a pending lawsuit. The City attempted to defuse the situation by offering Adventure Church an alternative location, which also backfired. So what’s next? The City may be considering using eminent domain to prevent ...
As cities become more dense and urbanized, it is common for infrastructure to get outdated or insufficient to handle increased demand. We see this with roads, highways, schools, and even utilities. When new infrastructure is needed, many times eminent domain becomes necessary to acquire property in the way of the proposed new project. But sometimes those properties are historical or, given their longstanding presence, have sentimental meaning to the community.
Such a situation is currently playing out in the City of Oakley. According to an article in the Mercury News, Oakley ...
An interesting battle is raging in the Santa Ynez Valley. Mattei's Tavern, a "landmark" in Los Olivos for more than 100 years, is slated for a redevelopment plan by its owner. A local activist group, known as the Valley Alliance, wants to stop the owner's plans. And one arrow in their quiver has been to nominate the tavern for listing as a historical landmark.
According to an April 29 article by Kathy Cleary in the Santa Ynez Valley Journal Valley Alliance Historic Landmark Nomination: Eminent Domain Takeover?, the purpose of the nomination is to give the Historic Landmark Advisory ...
According to a Pasadena Star-News article, "Pasadena may use eminent domain to seize historical building," next month the City of Pasadena will consider authorizing the use of eminent domain to acquire a historical building designed by California's first prominent female architect, Julia Morgan. The building, located at 78 N. Marengo Ave. near City Hall, was built in 1921, making it one of the earliest historical structures in Pasadena. Pasadena is apparently ready to turn to eminent domain because the historical site has been fenced up and abandoned for more than a decade.
In the past, we've reported on the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency's condemnation of the historic Hugo Hotel. It now appears that city officials in Ukiah may utilize a similar playbook and reinstate the redevelopment agency's power of eminent domain in order to acquire the historic 119-year old Palace Hotel. According to a Press Democrat article, "Ukiah seeks new life for Palace Hotel," the city may turn to eminent domain after decades of unsuccessfully nudging the hotel's Marin County owners to rehabilitate the historic vine-covered building in the heart of downtown.
Kaleene Kenning's October 3, 2009 article, "Furniture on the Outside," explains that the historic site was purchased by the Patels in 1964 for $400,000, but when the Redevelopment Agency came knocking, they wouldn't sell for less than $7 million. The Redevelopment Agency's $3.25 million offer was not accepted and an eminent domain action was filed. The owners were eventually awarded ...
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