All it took was a letter – from the city to Mohanna – that mentioned two words: Eminent domain. That’s the process that lets local governments seize ownership of a property to serve the public good.
Mohanna’s lawyer is Myron Moskovitz.
Moskovitz: “We engage in negotiations in good faith. They seem to be going well. And then – wham! They come down with this eminent domain hammer without telling us. So we can’t trust them.”
City officials say redeveloping K Street is just too important to risk negotiations falling apart once again.
They hope the talks with Mohanna will lead to a deal – and say the eminent domain process is just another option they’re exploring.