Lawsuit against Downtown East project near stadium dropped


A trio of city activists who challenged the Downtown East development project have dropped their lawsuit.

The Star Tribune reports Stephanie Woodruff, Paul Ostrow and Dan Cohen dismissed their court action Saturday on the project tied to the $400 million development project near the site of the Vikings new stadium.

The Minneapolis City Council approved the project in December. It calls for two Wells Fargo office towers, two blocks of public park, parking ramps, apartments and retail space to be built adjacent to the stadium.

KSTP reports the lawsuit stated only the city's Parks and Recreation Board had the authority to create and maintain parks in the city.

Hennepin County District Court Judge Mel Dickstein dealt the final blow when a ruling required them to post a $10 million surety bond to keep the suit moving.

The Star Tribune reports in his ruling, Dickstein wrote the lawsuit challenges the city's authority to contractually bind the city to design, construct and maintain a park as part of its commitment to the Downtown East developer.

He adds, "the city may suffer a loss from the mere pendency of this action," and that the "plaintiffs are not likely to succeed on the merits" of the case.

According to the Star Tribune, Ostrow said, the group's concerns about transparency in the process have not faded.

The City Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on issuing up to $65 million in bonds for the park.

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