By a 7-2 vote, the Sacramento City Council agreed Tuesday night to join the Sacramento Kings in negotiating with the owner of the Macy's furniture and men's clothing store at the Downtown Plaza over the purchase of the soon-to-be vacant store.
That property, situated near the eastern end of the mall at 600 K St., is needed by the Kings and the city to build a proposed $448 million arena at the mall.
The city's involvement in the talks carries with it a key negotiating tool: the threat of seizing control of the property through eminent domain. While described that tactic as a last resort by city officials, the city could seek to condemn the property if attempts to purchase the store fall apart.
Councilmen Kevin McCarty and Darrell Fong voted against the plan.