The small city of Hercules has a redevelopment vision for its waterfront on San Pablo Bay … including housing, shops, a train station, even a ferry to San Francisco. But officials from Wal Mart are adamant about opening a store on 17 acres they own in that area. They say they’ve spent a million dollars downsizing their plans to satisfy the city.
Earlier this week, the Hercules City Council voted to use eminent domain to take Wal Mart’s land.
This once was unthinkable. But a Supreme Court ruling last year upheld the notion that government could take land for a higher public use, not just for a road or school. Both sides are prepared to battle.