Blogger and town council president uneasy over Leucadia redevelopment
Meanwhile, anxiety over a redevelopment agency ---- and the increased right it would have to seize private property under eminent domain ---- appears to be mounting.
"The threat of eminent domain is a really scary prospect," said Jean Paul St. Pierre, a lifelong resident who has launched an Internet blog on which he posts his and other residents' concerns and criticisms.
To form a redevelopment agency, the city must establish that a neighborhood is run-down, unsafe or economically depressed.
Among council members, Jerome Stocks has been the most outspoken in favor of exploring redevelopment in Leucadia.
He said an agreement can address residents' concerns over eminent domain and neighborhood character before the agency is established.
"I would never vote to support (a redevelopment agency) that has any increased eminent domain powers over what the city already has," Stocks said. "The big fear is we're going to buy up a bunch of little lots, cobble them together and sell them to a big developer. I'm more than willing to establish an agreement that would prevent that."
Leucadia Town Council President Annabell Janssen remained skeptical.