City files motion to dismiss Opus lawsuit, opponents to fight back

3 years 10 months 32 minutes ago Monday, September 15 2014 Sep 15, 2014 Monday, September 15, 2014 12:01:00 PM CDT September 15, 2014 in News
By: Drew Whiteman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia filed a motion Monday to dismiss a pending lawsuit fighting the approval of the Opus development project downtown.

Columbia residents Betty Wilson and Mike MacMann filed a lawsuit Thursday aimed at stopping the Opus development at Seventh Street and Locust Street in downtown Columbia.  

Friday, a judge granted the plaintiffs a restraining order which would've halted the demolition and construction, but reversed that decision later the same day.

Attorney Josh Oxenhandler, who is handling Wilson and MacMann's case, said, "At this time, there is nothing legally stopping Opus from moving forward with demolition."

Oxenhandler said there has already been some demolition at the site, but Opus hasn't started any construction yet. He said his clients plan to fight the city moving forward. 

In a separate lawsuit Sept. 5, a federal judge ruled in favor of the city in a civil rights suit in which the plaintiffs claimed the Opus development should have gone to a public vote. 

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