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I've been passed the news that a judge has granted Monument Realty's request for a preliminary injunction prohibiting WMATA from taking "any further action to dispose of" the Southeastern Bus Garage. The two sides are to file recommendations on further proceedings by Wednesday at noon, and the injunction stays in effect until the court orders otherwise. Monument filed suit in October, asking that the planned sale be invalidated.
(Adding that this shouldn't, as best I can tell, delay the removal of the buses from the garage by Opening Day, since just yesterday the WMATA board approved a plan to fund the relocation of the buses with monies from other accounts and from the District, and not from any proceeds of the expected sale of the garage site.)
UPDATE: I now have a PDF of the ruling, which gives a lot of background on how the bidding process for the garage site was handled by WMATA. My background in law is slim to none, so I'm wanting to be very cautious about how I characterize all this (I'm sure there will be plenty of media coverage coming soon), but the ruling does state that Monument has "demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits of their claim that they were substantially prejudiced when WMATA considered Akridge's nonresponsive bid and participated in improper ex parte discussions with Akridge."
UPDATE II: Here's a short Post piece on the ruling.
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Drew says: (2/29/08 6:57 PM)
With Florida Rock still deeply submerged in the murky waters of D.C. gov. processes...adding the SE Bus Garage into the soup only means that Nationals Park will remain a scary trek for fans thru urban ugliness for many more years to come.
The Nats better have a winning team, otherwise fans will recoil from taking their family into a neighborhood that offers nothing but darkness and desolation. And pray that street crime doesn't become part of the equation as well.

Wait a sec, didn't they say the same about the MCI Center way back when? But then again, the MCI Center was right downtown...not way out on the urban fringe.

Maybe we should ask the Pope to say a prayer for the stadium's success!


BC says: (3/3/08 12:18 PM)
I am actually hoping that Monument eventually gets this land. If this happens, they will have more freedom in making their vision for this area become a reality. If not, aspects of their vision will be negotiated away that compete with Akridge's vision for this area. As for the fans, I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they have some forward looking abilities. Anyone who sees all this construction going on will know that is area is up-and-coming and it is not a place to be feared.

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