The Metropolitan Council was reviewing the complaint Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson said.
Located at at 10761 Smetana Road, Claremont Apartments has about 540 residents in and is located within 100 feet of the proposed line, according to a news release from Minneapolis law firm Larkin Hoffman
The lawsuit says federal regulations prohibit putting transportation projects through public parks, recreational areas and other sensitive sites unless there’s no feasible alternative, and that transit planners failed to consider other options. It asks a judge to delay the project in order to seek a solution.
The residents and the apartment owner, Omaha-based SFI Ltd. Partnership 54, are represented by Larkin Hoffman
lawyers Gary Van Cleve
and Rob Stefonowicz.
The land includes city-owned property that was previously owned by the Opus Group
to be used as parkland and open space.
The 16-mile light rail line is planned to run from Eden Prairie to downtown Minneapolis, and would be the third such route, following the Blue Line from Minneapolis to Mall of America and the Green Line between Minneapolis and St. Paul.