Use of Eminent Domain Possible but Unlikely in Longmont

The City Council could use its condemnation powers to force Dillard to sell its property in the Twin Peaks Mall but that is the last resort. Thanks to the work of City Manager Harold Dominguez and Economic Development Director Brad Power, who are facilitating an agreement between New Mark Merrill Mountain States and Dillard’s and Regal Theatres, both parties are on track to sign agreements with the mall developer. The use of eminent domain by local government for economic development purposes remains controversial; while legal it can be a public relations nightmare that the City will avoid if at all possible. The City convinced Dillard’s to agree to a March 1 deadline to enter into a memo of understanding with New Mark Merrill so unless that deadline is missed, any mention of eminent domain is improbable.

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