Eminent Domain-Threatened Bar Owner Settles in San Antonio
After a years-long standoff, the battle over Moses Rose’s Hideout is over.
The San Antonio Business Journal reports city officials reached an agreement with downtown bar owner Vince Cantu to take ownership of his bar steps away from the Alamo. The move ends a long, drawn-out process, public outcry from property rights adherents and a high-profile vote by City Council to take the bar through eminent domain.
Officials stressed that the land was needed for the construction of the Alamo Visitor Center & Museum and that the viability of it would be severely impacted without Cantu’s parcel. Cantu rejected the city’s last offer of $5.3 million in April. The Alamo Trust, City of San Antonio and the Texas General Land Office came to an agreement for an undisclosed amount.
As part of the agreement, Cantu has agreed to vacate the property by Aug. 15.
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