SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The City of Sacramento is edging closer and closer to acquiring the last piece of the puzzle it needs to build the Kings’ new downtown arena.
At a hearing Wednesday, a judge heard both the city’s and the owners of the former Macy’s men’s store argue their side. The city is pushing for taking hold of the property under eminent domain.READ MORE: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Plans To Retire, Paving The Way For Biden Pick
The sticking issue the asking price for the vacant building. Its owners are asking for $10 million for the building, while the city only believes it’s worth $4 million.
Judge Raymond M. Cadei tentatively ruled in favor of the city at a hearing Tuesday, but Wednesday’s judge decided to hold off on making a final decision to confirm Cadei’s ruling.READ MORE: Sheriff: Suspect Admits To Pointing Gun At Neighbor During Argument
“We think the city took all the appropriate steps to make sure it can acquire the property,” Matt Rutak, assistant city attorney, said.
The judge is expected to take about a week in making the final decision.MORE NEWS: 14-Year-Old Girl Left With Life-Threatening Injuries In Antelope Shooting
If all goes according to plan for the city, demolition of the Downtown Plaza is scheduled to begin sometime this spring. Construction of the new arena will begin in the fall.