The Shopping Center replaced a house, a church and
a trailer repair business that had been there
for three generations. Owner was offered several million.
He did not want to sell. Property was taken for $700,000
And man was driven off his land at gun point.
Owner of business was NOT given the opportunity to become
part of the project or participate in it as he had requested.
Unfortunately any change provides
More tax increment.
Working with existing small businesses is
not as profitable to agency.