Do Not Force A Family Hobby Center To Close
  • Petitioning Texas Dep. of Transportation

This petition will be delivered to:

Dallas District - Tony Hartzel
Texas Dep. of Transportation

Do Not Force A Family Hobby Center To Close

    1. Derick Schaefer
    2. Petition by

      Derick Schaefer

      Dallas, TX

Texas Land Condemnation To Take Hobby Facility From Children

Mike's Hobby Shop has been providing recreational hobby facilities for children, Scouts, young adults, and adult North Texans for over 26 years.  Located on I-35 in Carrollton, Mike's Hobby Shop provides over 51,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor recreational facilities including 3 remote control (RC) car tracks, a Pinewood derby car track, a space for indoor electric aircraft and helicopter flying, as well as a retail store with sales and in-store service.

Due to the I-35 corridor expansion, however, The State of Texas has begun proceedings to take half of the facility through the eminent domain process. The line that defines the portion of the property being sought by the state literally cuts through all 3 RC car tracks, rendering the entire facility useless in terms of its current operation.

By law, the State of Texas has the right to take a landowner's property.  Still, they must compensate the landowner fairly.  Despite fair, honest, good faith work by Mike's Hobby Shop owner Mike Darnell, the
state is insisting only purchasing half of his building, and is using real estate comparables from other parts of the metroplex that come in at 30% of the actual value of the land.   

Faced with having to renovate and sell the remaining half of the building, and being offered a sub-market acquisition price by the state, Mike won't be able to afford to re-open the facility and will be permanently forced to close.

Call To Action

Sign this petition asking the Texas Department of Transportation to require that their contractors fulfill their legal obligations as defined by Texas State Law to provide an offer that is based on actual comparables of like land in the area.  Furthermore, send a message this election year that taking private citizens' land and forcing small business owners who are dedicated to children, Boy Scouts, and other groups,to close their doors is bad for our youth, bad for the economy, and just bad for Texans.

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    Reasons for signing

    • michael keller CLEVELAND, TN
      • 8 days ago

      i lost west coast raceway and didn't know what i had at that place, i don't want the kids to suffer the same lost. i moved and now the closest RC track is in the nest state over and hour and a half. my kids where said when it close down and miss there friends that where made there. RC racing is a safe place for kids to have fun and there fathers and mothers all can have fun together.

    • Mike Darnell DALLAS, UNITED STATES
      • about 1 month ago

      We came to an agreement with the state on ouf building. They bought the whole building but not all the land. They left us with 2.3 acres we now need to sell. We are reducing our inventory and getting ready to move into storage until we get a new location. Watch our website, for updates. Thanks to everyone that signed the petition.

    • Ryan Reynolds COLBERT, OK
      • about 1 month ago

      Do not force this family business to close

    • Megan Choate FORT WORTH, TX
      • about 1 month ago

      I have been frequenting this hobby shop for years. It's really the only place around for the in door track.

    • Mike Caruso CHICAGO, IL
      • about 1 month ago

      Are you kidding ???? You have a place for girls and boys to assemble learn inter act with each other Hobbies I am still in them and just turned 65. Mike


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