In order to solve the problems associated with urban decay in Orange County, California, Redevelopment Agencies have been put into place. These agencies are responsible for implementing projects that will enhance cities and redevelop property that is currently less than desirable. A redevelopment agency typically has the power of eminent domain, to purchase real property and is not required to use bidding when it develops and sells property.
A redevelopment agency in Boston has filed a federal land use lawsuit in order to allow a restaurant to be built on Boston’s waterfront. In 2006, the agency gave a restaurateur the go ahead to build a $1 million, 4,655 square-foot restaurant on the waterfront. The plan was to give the man a 10-year lease that he could choose to extend. The lease would be $142,500 each year, but he would be given a credit of $60,000 a year for five years in order to help with the cost of construction.