A judge has ruled in favor of Sacramento’s request to use eminent domain in acquiring property near the proposed location of a new downtown arena.
Judge Raymond Cadei heard arguments from both sides Wednesday. Initially he issued a tentative ruling Tuesday siding with the city, but decided to review the case further.
Thursday morning he issued his decision.
“The Court finds that the City has demonstrated that it is entitled to eminent domain,” Judge Cadei states in the ruling.
The property in question is the site of the old Macy’s men’s store in the Downtown Plaza along 6th and K Streets. It’s the last parcel needed for the planned $448 million sports and entertainment complex.
Parties involved failed to reach an agreement on a sale price, and facing a tight construction schedule to meet NBA deadlines, Sacramento filed an eminent domain lawsuit in January.
CalPERS owns part of the parcel, and they do not contest the deal. The rest of the land is owned by investors.
Now that a judge has granted eminent domain, a jury will decide the value of the parcel.