SAN LEANDRO, CA-The San Leandro City Council this week postponed a vote on using its eminent domain authority to take control of four properties to make way to for redevelopment projects that include an expanding auto mall district.

The council was acting on a recommendation of city planning staff, which wants to review land use policies in the redevelopment area. The decision is being postponed until mid-November.

The city currently has eminent domain authority over 127 parcels of about 1,700 acres of land covered by the redevelopment plan. A centerpiece project of the plan is a $27 million effort to continue the transform of a stretch of Marina Boulevard into a thriving “auto row.”

The city made more than $600,000 in sales tax revenues from the first group of dealerships that opened there in 1998. The city hopes to gain another $500,000 after two new dealerships open next year, and use the additional revenue for parks, senior housing and youth programs.

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