Court Dismisses Lawsuits and Finds City Acted Legally
GLENDALE, Colo. – Two lawsuits filed by MAK Investment Group, LLC (MAK) were dismissed yesterday by Arapahoe County District Court Judge Charles M. Pratt. In both cases, the court ruled against MAK and vindicated the actions of the City of Glendale and the Glendale Urban Renewal Authority.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the outcomes of these cases,” said Glendale Mayor Mike Dunafon. “Not only are the court’s rulings just, but this also sends a clear message that Glendale cannot be bullied or threatened with frivolous lawsuits.”
The first case centered on MAK’s desire to be named as developer of the Glendale 180 project, even though they presented no evidence of prior experience in this area. The court found that MAK’s action was nothing more “than a complaint regarding [the Glendale Urban Renewal Authority’s] decision to award the contract to another bidder.”
The second case focused on notification requirements a city must meet prior to granting eminent domain powers to an urban renewal authority. The court found that the City of Glendale met all statutory mandates for notice; and in fact, the public hearing was attended by 200 citizens, 25 of whom spoke on the topic.
These rulings represent a big win with respect to the advancement of the Glendale 180 project.
About Glendale 180:
Glendale 180 is a dining, entertainment and retail hub that will encompass more than 270,000 leasable square feet, including a hotel. The $150 million project will reflect the active outdoor lifestyle that Coloradans cherish and solidify Glendale as a tourist and business traveler destination.