Monday, Circuit Court Judge Rosemary Aquilina ruled that the Lansing City Council was wrong to deny an application for tax breaks by the Gillespie Group at last Monday's meeting. The ruling, which came just before Monday's meeting, is immediate and means the development surrounding the City Marketplace can go forward.
Last week, council voted 4-4 to approve the application. Five were needed for it to pass.
Here's the official ruling handed down by Judge Aquilina:
"NOW THEREFORE IT IS ORDERED adjudged and decreed that the Marketplace Development Brownfield Plan #52 complied with all applicable criteria and considerations under the Brownfield Redevelopment Act and should have been approved by the Lansing City Council and, therefore, as of the date of this Order, the Marketplace Redevelopment Brownfield Plan #52 submitted by Plaintiff and the Lansing Brownfield Redevelopment Authority is APPROVED for all purposes consistent with the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act (the "Act"). This order shall constitute the approval of the governing body of the municipality (in this case the Lansing City Council) as contemplated by the Act."