The consent agenda for the Tuesday, July 13 City Council meeting includes some familiar names.
The consent agenda includes six resolutions to condemn property, and two of those are condemning property owned by The Carroll Companies, which also owns this publication.
The Carroll Companies condemnations are for 304 N. Eugene St., owned by Carroll at Bellemeade LLC, and 201 N. Eugene St., owned by Carroll SOPB LLC.
In both instances the city is condemning the property for the Eugene and Bellemeade streetscape project.
Also being condemned for that project is property at 414 N. Eugene St., better known as the Acropolis Restaurant and owned by Ellen K. Contogiannis Heirs, and property at 249 Edgeworth St. owned by Bellemeade Properties LLC.
A commercial Realtor familiar with the condemnation process said that it was not at all unusual for property owners to allow the city to condemn property and then negotiate a price.
The City of Greensboro has the right to take the property for public purposes by imminent domain, but the property owner has to be adequately compensated, so the negotiation is all about price. Condemnation will allow the city to take the property, and if no agreement on price is reached between the city and the property owners then the price is determined by the courts.
In the case of the property at 201 N. Eugene St. owned by Carroll SOPB, the city has offered “the total appraised value of $38,000” to purchase 106 square feet of property.
The Carroll at Bellemeade property at 304 N. Eugene St. is 36 square feet and the city offered $1,975 for a proposed temporary construction easement on that property.
For the Acropolis Restaurant tract owned by Ellen K. Contogiannis Heirs, the city has offered $725 for a proposed temporary construction easement for 97 square feet of property.
And for the property at 249 N. Edgeworth St. owned by Bellemeade Properties, the city has offered $1,975 to purchase 28 square feet of property.