Questions have been raised by a few residents in the Village of Homer on social media regarding the Villages recent award of $10 million dollars for their Downtown Revitalization with the one big question being asked, is the Village planning to use eminent domain?
The quick and only answer is no, the Village of Homer will not use eminent domain on any property. The Village has shown this year’s award, which included numerous projects both public and private, are not protruding on properties or would affect properties to the point where it would be required to be sold via eminent domain for the improvement.
“We will NOT be using eminent domain to take anyone’s home or property for any reason under my administration. There is nothing we wish to accomplish here in Homer that merits anything like that.” Village of Homer Mayor Hal McCabe said.
Last year’s DRI application, which proved unsuccessful for the Village of Homer, showed a major change towards the area behind Main Street towards the Tioughnioga River. Last year’s application showed the removal of several properties for new construction and/or parking areas. Just like last year though, the Village of Homer said it was only a rendering to present in the DRI application and the Village will never use eminent domain to take someone’s property.
For this year’s DRI application, which can be found HERE. The village worked towards improvements throughout the downtown area. Homer Mayor Hal McCabe reassured residents during the last Village Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, February 14th.
Residents who have questions or concerns are encouraged to call the Village Offices’ at 607-749-3322.