By BRAD KELLAR
The City of Greenville has begun eminent domain proceedings, to allow it to install a water line to an as yet largely undeveloped area at the western edge of the city.
The City Council Tuesday also authorized paying for part of the cost of running the line to the site of a future automobile dealership along the Interstate 30 service road, which left another developer upset.
The Council convened in executive session Tuesday night, with one of the items to be considered being potential condemnation proceedings for a 30-foot utility easement on approximately .151 acres on the south side of the Interstate 30 service road between Monty Stratton Parkway and State Highway 34.
The Council later returned to regular session and voted unanimously to exercise eminent domain authority pertaining to the property in question.
Under eminent domain, a government entity exercises legal authority to require a private landowner to sell his or her property for public use, through condemnation proceedings. The governmental entity is required to pay the landowner just compensation.
The name of the owner of the property targeted by the city was not immediately revealed.
Interim City Manager/Director of Public Works Massoud Ebrahim said the process was being utilized in order for the city to install a 12-inch water main in order to serve the area roughly bounded by Monty Stratton Parkway, Coyote Crossing and FM 1570, based on a comprehensive water distribution study completed as part of the 2008 update of the City of Greenville Master Plan.
Britain Chevrolet recently broke ground on the upcoming Britain Chevrolet Cadillac dealership, which is to be built at the intersection of the Interstate 30 eastbound service road and Monty Stratton Parkway. The company intends to build a 17,000 foot facility on about seven acres at the site.
“This is going to be a $3.5 million facility,” Ebrahim told the Council Tuesday, noting the project is expected to be completed by late this year or early 2014.
Britain Chevrolet was planning to extend an 8-inch water main approximately 3,295 linear feet from the northwest corner of the Price Mitsubishi Dealership and west along the service road to Monty Stratton then south along the east side of Monty Stratton to the southwest corner of Britain Chevrolet plat.
However, Ebrahim told the Council that the Master Plan calls for the larger line to be run to the area.
“The plan calls for a 12-inch line, to deal with future growth,” Ebrahim said. “This item is needed for us to protect our citywide infrastructure.”
Ebrahim asked the Council to approve the expenditure of $25,498, to cover the cost of the difference between installing the 8-inch and 12-inch lines.
Duane May took exception to the proposal. May told the Council he was responsible for some $14 million worth of development in Greenville.
“At no time did any Council member ever try to help me,” May said, adding that he was required to pay for the same upsizing of pipe, from 8-inch to 12-inch, for three-fourths of a mile between Dent Road and FM 1570, to supply one of his projects. May said if the city was willing to foot the bill for one developer, it should do so for all of them.
“I think the Council needs to be more consistent,” May said. “We need every business we can get in this town.”