Fresno Expands Eminent Domain Authority: KFSN-TV (Fresno CA), 10/11/05

More Downtown Fresno property owners could be forced to sell to make way for a master development that hopes to bring housing and shopping to the city's center.

Fresno's city council approved expanding eminent domain authority for an area Forest City Enterprises wants to develop south of Grizzlies Stadium.

Plans include over 500 housing units and two anchor retailers, including perhaps a Bass Pro Shops.

Some familiar names, including Chip Pashayan, a former congressman, protested the eminent domain expansion.

Two councilmembers, Henry T. Perea and Mike Dages, opposed the expanded eminent domain authority.

Land sales could still be years away and might not happen at all if the Forest City project falls through.

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