Our City Council on Tuesday past voted unanimously to approve the site of the downtown arena, even if it required the use of eminent domain to clear the job site.
Well, that arena will cross the desk of Mr. William “Billy” Abraham. He owns the property at 212 W Overland, the former El Pisto and El Norteño Deluxe. That’s about in the middle of the proposed footprint of the new arena.
Don’t you imagine that Mr. Abraham has been waiting his whole life for an opportunity like this? Don’t you think he’s salivating in his jail cell at the prospect of a prolonged legal battle over eminent domain?
Maybe a local site selection team would have appreciated the significance of the recalcitrant landowner, but not the out-of-town site selection team hired by City Council. Some people say those nice gentlemen from out of town got paid $5 million. Is that right?
I would have done it for $20 and a quart of Busch and the city would have been just as good off.