Take a look at our roundup of the latest Texas eminent domain news for October 2021:
CEO: Building Texas bullet train hinges on Congress passing bipartisan infrastructure bill
Source: Dallas Business Journal
The bipartisan infrastructure bill in Congress, set to be voted on later this month, will be key to completing the Texas bullet train, according to its CEO.
“I think whatever happens with the infrastructure [bill] is key to us. I believe that would be the final element that would bring us together,” said Carlos Aguilar, CEO of Texas Central.
TxDOT brings contentious interstate expansion plan to county
Source: Austin Monitor
On Tuesday, the Travis County Commissioners Court heard from Texas Department of Transportation engineer Tucker Ferguson, who discussed progress on the state transportation department’s plan to add two managed HOV lanes in each direction on Interstate 35 through downtown Austin.
While TxDOT generally contends the expansion is necessary to address Austin’s rising traffic levels and to improve safety, detractors criticize the plan as unhelpful and unsightly. During the presentation, Ferguson mentioned that as many as 150 businesses and homes along the interstate may be destroyed via eminent domain.
Texarkana school district Trustees approve resolution to force sale of its former Pine Street property via eminent domain
Source: Texarkana Gazette
The Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the acquisition of the former middle school campus at 1915 Pine St. by eminent domain in a special called meeting Friday morning.
The building’s current owner, John Stone, acquired the campus in a land swap with TISD in 2005. At the time he bought the Pine Street property, Stone proposed a plan for senior loft apartments, among other potential uses.