Texas Land Condemnation To Take Hobby Facility From Children
Mike's Hobby Shop has been providing recreational hobby facilities for
children, scouts, young adults, and adult North Texans for over 26
years. Located on I-35 in Carrollton, Mike's Hobby Shop provides over 51,000
square feet of indoor and outdoor recreational facilities including 3
remote control (RC) car tracks, a Pinewood derby car track, a space for indoor electric aircraft and helicopter flying, as well as a retail store with sales and in-store service.
Due to the I-35 corridor expansion, however, The State of
Texas has begun proceedings to take half of the facility through the eminent domain process. The line that defines the portion of the property being sought by the state literally cuts through all 3 RC car tracks, rendering the entire facility useless in terms of its current operation.
By law, the State of Texas has the right to take a landowner's property.
Still, they must compensate the landowner fairly. Despite fair, honest,
good faith work by Mike's Hobby Shop owner Mike Darnell, the
state is insisting only purchasing half of his building, and is using real
estate comparables from other parts of the metroplex that come in at 30%
of the actual value of the land.
Faced with having to renovate and sell the remaining half of the building, and being offered a sub-market acquisition price by the state, Mike won't be able to afford to re-open the facility and will be permanently forced to close.