We've previously reported on the City of Imperial Beach's use of eminent domain to displace tenants in the Miracle Shopping Center. According to a recent San Diego Union Tribune article, "Eminent domain to begin soon against IB merchant," the City is continuing down that path -- this time with the business South Bay Drugs. The owner has operated the business in the shopping center for 28 years.
The City Council voted on Wednesday to move forward with the adoption of a Resolution of Necessity so the eminent domain process could begin. But the case has a bit of an interesting twist.
I mentioned in an article last week that many redevelopment agencies are facing budget issues; the city of Imperial Beach is facing a similar, but slightly different, problem: after investing over $8 million in bond money for redevelopment of the Miracle Shopping Center, the economic climate has made it impossible for the city to find an interested developer.
Nevertheless, the city decided to raise more funds, and purchase the shopping center anyway, hoping the city's ownership would make the site more attractive to developers. With city ownership now in ...
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