Site For New Shasta County Courthouse Approved After Eminent Domain Invoked Against Two Property Owners
The Redding Record Searchlight reports that the site for the new Shasta County courthouse has been approved by the state Public Works Board, putting an end to an uncertain year regarding the complicated process of property acquisition. The new courthouse will be located in downtown Redding, California.
According to the article, 11 parcels of land were needed to bring together the two-acre site on which the new courthouse will be built. The project was the source of much contention, particularly because it will likely result in the elimination or the destruction of several large trees that border the historic Dobrowsky house, which also likely faces elimination. Officials have stated that courthouse architects will attempt to preserve as many of the trees as possible, but the historic house will have to either move or be demolished to make room for the new courthouse.
Officials for both Redding and Shasta County pushed strongly for the new courthouse to be built downtown to be close to the jail. However, the choice was complicated since the land had already been built-up and involved several property owners. Shasta County already owned six of the 11 parcels needed in the designated block. At the end of June, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors approved the sale of those properties for $2.5 million, which involved an exchange of equity. Four property owners were negotiated with regarding the five remaining properties, but two property owners would not agree on a price. The city of Redding resorted to invoking eminent domain proceedings against both property owners, one of whom owned the Dobrowsky house. A settlement has been reached with one of these two property owners, but a deal has yet to have been struck with the remaining owner, who has agreed to let the state take their property but has not yet agreed on a price.
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