Rohnert Park Considering Eminent Domain

Property owners say they signed earlier agreements with tribe


The city of Rohnert Park is considering using eminent domain in order to complete the $10 million Wilfred Avenue widening project in time for the casino opening in 2014, the Press Democrat is reporting.

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria are financing the street widening in anticipation of about 11,000 additional daily vehicle trips when the casino opens, according to the story.

But neither the city nor the tribe have been able to reach agreement with five property owners over the parcel, prompting the city officials to consider the move.

Eminent domain is a tool government agencies can use to take over property if they can demonstrate it is in the public’s interest to do so, such as a road, bridge or other infrastructure project.

The parcel in question is just under an acre and stretches from Redwood Drive to Stony Point Road, nearly all of it outside city limits.

“What we’re proposing here is taking a very depleted road that has no improvements and we’re looking at certain improvements that we believe greatly benefit the overall community,” City Manager Gabe Gonzalez told the Press Democrat.

The council will discuss whether to utilize eminent domain at Tuesday’s meeting starting 5pm.

To read the full story, click here.

Stop Graton Casino February 11, 2013 at 05:39 PM
The 11,000 car trips per day are 60% of the total casino traffic, at the very least. By the time the casino reaches its full expansion, the Wilfred widening will be inadequate for the amount of traffic that will be generated. See the casino's traffic flow chart's from its own study at http://www.stopthecasino101.com/id94.html
don February 11, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Again; The 101 coalition sure likes giving away money. Why not try and make a win/win for yourselves rather then beating your heads against a concrete wall. You folks are like a highly indulged child (spoiled) having a temper tantrum. Get over it people.
Cindy Bert February 12, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Don, I do understand about the taking of property....we lost ours when the Hwy 12 clover leaf went in many years ago. Promised myself I would never use that highway...but now I travel it most everyday.
Cindy Bert February 12, 2013 at 03:51 PM
I do agree that PD is not the way to have this road widened. It should be to make a dangerous road safe. There should be a better way to enter the casino area. I did not want the casino in the first place.
Dan Fleming February 13, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Cindy, the tribe agreed to pay for half the price of widening the road. A few months back they decided pay all the cost of the widening the road. 12 Million I think is the cost. Do you think the tribe is being responsible?


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