While construction of the proposed downtown community facility has not been approved by Rocky Mount City Council, preliminary plans for the project have and include three properties for eminent domain in connection with the site.
Assistant City Manager Tasha Logan Ford wrote in an interoffice memorandum about the agenda item that an amicable resolution with the owners of 207 and 209 Goldleaf Street – which both are undeveloped properties – as well as 240 Atlantic Avenue – which has an accessory building of Hunter-Odom Funeral Service on the property – has been unsuccessful. Officials said the allocations for acquiring properties accounts for $2 million of the overall proposed budget.
“It was our hope and desire to negotiate with owners and not utilize the process of eminent domain,” Logan wrote in the memo. “However, it has become necessary to acquire ownership of specific parcels for the construction and maintenance of parking and ancillary facilities associated with the public facility.” (Source: Read more)