Don’t Say the City doesn’t plan ahead … the City of Charlottesville is going to try eminent domain to get the final piece of land to make the Hillsdale Connector a reality.
I find this funny:
The phrase â€œeminent domainâ€ was not uttered in the council chambers until resident Colette Hall stood and asked for an explanation.
â€œAre you saying this is eminent domain?â€ Hall asked.
â€œYes,â€ Brown answered, saying he uses the terms â€œcondemnationâ€ and â€œeminent domainâ€ interchangeably.
Call it what it is – eminent domain.
Good at planning. Bad at doing. I’ll be 50 before this road is built. (that’s just less than 15 years)
Curiously, it’s taken nearly two years to get to this point; Rachana Dixit reported in the Daily Progress June 15, 2009:
Charlottesville officials will attempt to exercise eminent domain to acquire the land necessary for Hillsdale Drive Extended’s first section, which is being built as a part of the new Whole Foods grocery store.
The city is trying to get roughly 1.5 acres that are privately owned to start the multimillion-dollar road project, which would begin before the store’s construction. Those behind the new Whole Foods â€” Meadowbrook Creek, LLC is developing the property at 1801 Hydraulic Road under a 99-year ground lease that began in 1964 â€” agreed that the first portion of Hillsdale Drive Extended would be built as a condition of the project.
But the road, designed to connect Hydraulic Road through the Seminole Square shopping center to Hillsdale Drive in Albemarle County, cannot be constructed until the land has been designated for public use.â€¨
â€œIt is a major public right of way,â€ Councilor Satyendra Huja said in an interview, referring to the road.â€¨â€œWe would have preferred that it would have been [negotiated]. But the negotiations haven’t been fruitful so far,â€ he added.â€¨
The City Council will take up the matter at tonight’s meeting, because state law requires that the governing body of any locality authorize condemnation proceedings only after a public hearing. If councilors adopt the resolution, the action will be filed in Charlottesville Circuit Court.