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Update: TX mayor says eminent domain letter was a mistake

December 12, 2013
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DALLAS — The mayor has now commented on the story involving Freddy and Dale Davenport, who own a carwash here, the Dallas Observer reported.

As Professional Carwashing & Detailing previously reported, the owners said they received an eminent domain letter from the city, stating that their wash was in the way of a city project and they would have to sell the business. Dale presented the letter as proof and it showed it was signed by Lou Jones, a city real estate manager.

Now, according to a Dec. 12 Dallas Observer story, Mayor Mike Rawlings is stating that the letter was a mistake due to "a failure in communications at city hall."

The reporter also stated that he has heard a lot of negative buzz about the carwash throughout city hall. Many apparently questioned why it was always so busy and profitable wondered if it was because it serves a front for drug dealing.

Dale responded to the accusations by citing his college education as well as his history in the carwashing industry. He also stated that his carwash is busy because they run an exceptional business.

"I am standing here looking at seven bays that are covered up with cars," Dale said in the story, "three cars behind each bay. Do they think that I'm not making any money down here?...We keep our prices reasonable. We use a lot of soap, good pressure. We give people a good wash. I give 1,200, 1,300 pounds of pressure, you know. Our vacuum cleaners work. You put your money in, I've got Sensitron [coin boxes] in there that are electronic so the quarters don't hang up like they will at some carwashes."

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