I read this article and the first thought I had was that this home seems a perfect example of the type of case Eminent Domain was made for. Most often eminent domain is used to take property from a land or home owner because the county or city government deems it's use necessary for the greater good.
here in Florida we have seen this abused and many valuable properties taken by crooked officials and unscrupulous developers who are anxious to take over private lands for use that marginally is good for the community. The Parker-Menchan home is falling into disrepair and owned or controlled by the now defunct and/or bankrupt Taylor Bean organization which most likely used money from the billion dollar debacle to repair and renovate this historic property. For two years now the home has set unused and it is now overgrown and falling into disrepair once again.