GLENDALE, Colo. -- The owners of a longtime family business are worried that their days are numbered in Glendale, as the city looks to clear the way for a major development.
The Kholghy family, owners of Authentic Rugs, have organized a community gathering and a March to city hall on Tuesday, ahead of a potential city council vote on use of eminent domain.
Authentic Rugs has been in business for more than 30 years and the Kholghy family bought their building and the surrounding land in 2007. Now, they’re worried it will be taken away.
“I don`t feel like I`m in America anymore,” said Nasrin Kholgy, one of the owners.
Glendale 180 is the latest plan to redevelop the river walk area near Colorado Blvd. The $175 milllion retail, restaurant and entertainment project is expected to break ground this fall. It’s the kind of development the Kholghy’s tried to work with the city on for years, but now they say they’ve been kept out.
“We have been told that we cannot be there,” Nasrin said. “And our kind of business does not belong in the development because it doesn`t bring tax revenue.”
The family has also been told that they are now part of a blighted area.
“I go Google it to see what blight means even because I have no idea,” said Saeed Kholghy.
The Kholghy family actually owns more than five acres behind their business, including some additional commercial buildings. It’s all part of the area the city considers blighted, but the family says they've been working with the city to improve it for years.
Despite their own efforts to redevelop their land, including a recent proposal that competed against Glendale 180, the city has not approved their plans.
“They`re just not interested,” Saeed Kholghy said.
Now they're hoping they can do something to stop eminent domain, before it's too late.
“It means everything,” Nasrin Kholghy said. “Our kids grew up here. Our dad was here. Our lives are here.”
Neither the Glendale mayor, nor city officials would speak on camera about the issue on Thursday, saying that it's premature to discuss eminent domain since the city council won't discuss it until Tuesday.