"Grill owner fights eminent domain
By Gene Maddaus Staff Writer
ARCADIA - The owner of Rod's Grill wants voters to block a redevelopment deal that would bulldoze his restaurant and a handful of other properties to make way for an expanded Mercedes-Benz dealership. Manny Romero is circulating petitions for an initiative for the November ballot. He said he is confident because he has received support from his customers."
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The city has proposed using eminent domain to seize the restaurant parcel. The City Council is expected to consider whether to pursue that approach at its March 7 meeting. The city has negotiated with other property owners, including the Church of Arcadia and a self-storage business, in its effort to expand the Rusnak Mercedes dealership. The city also has talked about buying the Elk's Lodge . . . . . '
Wednesday, February 15, 2006