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Proposed sports arena triggers eminent domain concerns

Sports and the businesses associated with them are big businesses throughout the country. The average California resident is familiar with the various teams throughout the state. Often, families spend time attending games and enjoying the environment. In order for all of this to happen, there must be a venue for such activity. Currently, there is talk of a new venue being created in the Inglewood area through the use of eminent domain.

According to a document proposing a new arena for the L.A. Clippers, there is potential for the eminent domain process to be used in order to acquire the property necessary for construction of the arena. Reports suggest that approximately 100 parcels have been pinpointed as potentially needed for this project. Within these parcels are a number of single-family homes, established businesses, churches, etc. Property owners have expressed concern regarding the affect that this may have upon themselves and their property.

There has also been speculation that the proposal for the new arena is a tool being used in lease negotiations with the owners of the team's current arena. If this is the case, then there is no need to worry about potential eminent domain proceedings. According to Inglewood's mayor in reference to this project, he does not foresee eminent domain proceedings affecting single-family homes or churches.

Property development is essential to the growth of communities throughout California. Additionally, negotiating leases as well as other contracts are a part of doing business. However, when such activity triggers concerns regarding eminent domain, it may be time to consult with legal counsel experienced in such areas.

Source: pollstar.com, "Inglewood's Eminent Domain Problem", Deborah Speer, Aug. 18, 2017

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