While Councilman W.B. Bullock expressed his distaste for the city using eminent domain power, he did support it in the case of three properties associated with the proposed downtown community facility.
“I am not in favor of exercising the power of eminent domain 99 percent of the time, but I understand this situation and it may be a while,” Bullock said before the vote. “I hope we’ll look at every possibility before we do this.”
Officials said an amicable resolution on the purchase of 207 and 209 Goldleaf Street as well as 240 Atlantic Avenue has not been reached and eminent domain is recommended. The properties are among the parcels planned for the proposed downtown community facility, which is being designed but has not been formally approved for construction by the City Council. (Source: Read more)