By A.J. Hazarabedian

The city of Imperial Beach will commence eminent domain proceedings to acquire a leasehold interest from Southbay Drugs owner, Shawki Bachoua.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported in their article, “Eminent domain to begin soon against IB merchant,” that a settlement could not be reached between the city and the business owner.  The city plans to demolish the old structure and replace it with a “more modern, 45,300-square-foot shopping center.”

Last week, City Council members voted to adopt a resolution of necessity, even with arguments from Mr. Bachoua’s attorney regarding an ongoing eviction issue.

Eminent domain proceedings could begin within the next six months.