Hesperia considers eminent domain for sheriff’s station: Victoriaville CA Daily Press, 9/4/07

By Hillary Borrud

As Hesperia’s sheriff’s department staff grows with the city’s population, the old station at Santa Fe Avenue East and Walnut Street is becoming cramped.

The city plans to build a new station soon, and has even selected a location at Smoke Tree Street and 11th Avenue.

Negotiations with the owners of the 4-acre parcel have been unsuccessful, however, and now the city is considering using eminent domain, according to an agenda for this Wednesday’s Hesperia Community Redevelopment Agency meeting.

City Council members, voting as the redevelopment agency board, will decide Wednesday whether to approve moving forward with eminant domain. The city offered property owners Phillip Housey and Kip R. Pierce $1.15 million for the property, which they declined, according to a staff report.

The open session meeting begins at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers, located at 9700 7th Avenue in Hesperia.

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