Here is a tough question. How do you go about eliminating a use that is impeding the redevelopment of an area? I have come up with three solutions, all poor. They are:
1. Make the use non-conforming if it isn't already. Eventually (maybe) not being able to expand their use will make them want to leave.
2. Eminent domain. If this is truly a blighetd area teh city can step in and take this property.
3. Offer the landowner gobs of cash.
Of course there are downsides to these three approaches. With #1, they may "never" leave. With #2, you will probably have a wonderful (and expensive) court battle which ends up costing more than #3. The downside to #3 is, of course, no one has gobs of cash on hand.
Anyone heard of a creative solution?