SHSU no longer wants 'eminent domain' land
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 02:09
In the wake of grassroots opposition, SHSU President Dana Gibson indicated that SHSU had moved on from the affair and will begin seeking another suitable property to accommodate the planned relocation of the ROTC program and the Veterans Resource Center.
“Sam Houston State University is no longer interested in acquiring the Army Reserve property and will find an alternative solution to serve our ROTC and Veterans Affairs programs,” the statement said.
The 2.5-acre site was the source of recent controversy due to SHSU’s apparent steps to condemn, or eminent domain, the former Army Reserve building on Sam Houston Avenue.
The dispute rapidly shifted from behind closed doors and into the public eye due in large part to Maalouf’s “Eminent Doom” campaign, consisting of yard signs and an accompanying Facebook page advocating on Maalouf’s behalf. Maalouf and Gibson also each penned letters published in The Houstonian and The Huntsville Item outlining their positions on the impasse.
The “Eminent Doom” Facebook page was quick to claim victory once Gibson’s statement was disseminated to the public.
“SHSU President Dana Gibson: University no longer interested in Army Reserve property,” a posting on the Facebook page read, originally in all caps. “We did it!!!!! We did it!!!! Thank you to everyone!!! We did it!!!!”
The university never explicitly stated that condemnation proceedings were in the works, but all steps the university made, according to the Huntsville Item reports, were necessary for eminent domain to occur.
The Texas State University System approved the university’s ability to purchase the building “only through negotiations” during their last quarterly meeting.