Court Date Changed for Oral Arguments in Friends Lawsuit Against City


Frank Turek, President of Friends of Congress Square Park  and attorney Robert H. Levin

By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,542)

A date for oral arguments that had been set in the Friends of Congress Square Park lawsuit against the City of Portland has been reset according to a press release received yesterday from one of the  attorneys for the plaintiff, Robert H. Levin.

The new date is Wednesday, October 30th at 9:00 am at the Cumberland County Superior Court, Courtroom 8 on the second floor. The original date had been set for today Thursday, October 24th, at 2 pm.  The oral arguments will be made before Justice Joyce A. Wheeler.  The hearing is open to the general public.

On September 25th, the Friends filed a lawsuit against the City to “pursue its right to file a Citizens’ Initiative.  The lawsuit was filed in response to the city’s September 13th decision to deny a petition that would have placed an ordinance to the Land Bank law on a referendum for Portland voters to vote on.  The Complaint was filed by Friends attorneys Levin and Sarah M. McDaniel.

The Friends are opposed to the city’s sale of two-thirds of the downtown park next to the Westin Hotel to RockBridge Capital.  RockBridge plans to create an events center for its guests.

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