University Will Not Invoke Eminent Domain To Seize Player’s

University of Texas President Larry Faulkner announced to the Board of Regents on Wednesday that UT has decided not to use eminent domain to condemn Player’s Restaurant on MLK and Guadalupe for a planned hotel, conference center and parking garage [via]. This occurred after the Texas House passed eminent domain legislation with an amendment from Rep. Rene Oliveira (first cousin of Player’s owner Carlos Oliveira) prohibiting state universities from seizing land for hotels or parking garages. But Faulkner told the Statesman UT decided not to pursue Eminent Domain because of the current controversy over its use since the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow it to be used for private development in Connecticut. Since it seems like UT had already had a design in place for the $87 million center and garage, having to reach an agreement with the restaurant will make the project more expensive.

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