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Walmart Developer Sues Tacoma
The development company that bought the former Union Avenue Elks Lodge property where the Tacoma Walmart now stands is suing the City of Tacoma for delays in the permitting process.
According to the Business Examiner, Allenmore Medical Investors LLC is suing the City of Tacoma, as well as individual council members for the delays that followed the temporary "big box moratorium." AMI is asking for damages of more than $1.8 million for delays resulting from the large-scale retail moratorium imposed by the Council when it learned that the developers planned to build a Walmart on the site.
Due to a loophole in Tacoma's rules around when City Council resolutions and ordinances become effective, the developers were able to get their application in during the window before the moratorium could go into effect. (That window will be closed if Tacoma voters approve a related Charter amendment this November.)
Because the Walmart developers were able to get their applications in during that window, the City ultimately had to issue the necessary permits, but there was a delay, which AMI is suing over, according to the Business Examiner.
This lawsuit claims a violation of AMI’s federal constitutional provisions regarding property rights for improper reasons and motivations. “In taking the actions … the individual defendants were driven by evil motive or intent and/or showed a reckless or callous indifference to AMI’s constitutional rights," the lawsuit alleges. "Alternatively, the individual defendants were negligent.”
The lawsuit names the City of Tacoma, Mayor Strickland and council members Lauren Walker, Ryan Mello, Jake Fey, Victoria Woodards, Marty Campbell, and David Boe for that delay, and alleges a violation of the public meetings act related to conversations on the topic. Any guesses on how this will turn out?
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