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Proposed Self-Storage Site Could Be Seized by Eminent Domain


A piece of land slated for self-storage development in Mira Loma, Calif., may be seized by the Jurupa Area Recreation and Park District via eminent domain, the right of a governmental agency to seize private property for public use in exchange for payment of fair market value. The park district, which seeks to use the 4-acre parcel as a park or youth sports field, claims it was improperly sold to its current owner more than two years ago.
Approved by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in June, the self-storage project was proposed by Stadium Properties, owned by U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert and his partners. Calvert purchased the property in 2006 from the Jurupa Community Services District. A year later, the Riverside County Grand Jury ruled that the transaction violated state law because the seller failed to provide state-mandated notification to other governmental agencies of the available land.
The park district has sued the community-services district, charging it with fraud and deceit in the sale of the parcel. On Thursday, its board of directors will hold a public hearing before voting on a resolution of necessity. The opposing side says the public doesn’t need the project and that the park district doesn’t have the funds to develop it anyway. It also questions the use of the parcel as a park, as it lies on a busy thoroughfare.   
Source: The Press-Enterprise, Disputed land could be seized

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