The following article by Janice Bitters was published in Finance and Commerce on May 19, 2016.
Apartment Owner Sues Over Southwest LRT
Staff photo: Bill Klotz
The Metropolitan Council’s Southwest light rail transit project office has a busy couple weeks ahead after a new lawsuit was filed Tuesday and an existing suit gained traction this week, calling for quick responses from the regional planning agency.
The owner of three apartment buildings in Minnetonka and Hopkins is the latest to claim the Met Council didn’t adequately assess the impacts of the planned Southwest LRT project. The owner’s suit, filed Tuesday, alleges noise from the line would negatively affect more than 1,000 residents at the Greenfield and Raspberry Woods apartments and the Deer Ridge Townhomes. The buildings are managed by Bloomington-based Stuart Co.
“Despite tireless efforts to work with the Met Council, Stuart Co. has no choice but to … protect its residents and rights with beginning the legal process,” the company said in a statement Thursday.
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