Court Overrules Lansing City Council on Marketplace Project

By: Jason Colthorp Email
By: Jason Colthorp Email

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."


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2010 at 12:51 PM
    Trust me folks Gilespsie stands to make a lot of money out of this deal or he wouldn't have taken the time to take it to court. I seriously hope that his marketplace development doesn't end up being a ghost town. I hope it makes downtown Lansing viable and busy. But like a lot of you I am not holding my breath. I am concerned that this is going to be a slum in 5 years. I agree with everyone else we do not need more empty building downtown. We need jobs, and business growth. We need downtown to be like it was in the 50's and 60's with lots of business, and lots of people going shopping downtown.
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Oct 27, 2010 at 10:22 AM
    This is pretty scary stuff. The governing body makes a decision, but if enough money is avaiable to ram it through the courts, then they decide. Heck, I guess we may as well just have the court decide everything these days. Just bypoass the whole legistative process and let the special interests (aka $$$$) get their way. By doing this, it will save lots of time and money that would be spent for the legal hocus pocus. I am sure the founders of our country are rolling over in their graves at what a joke the legal process has become. Thank you. Ricardo
  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2010 at 06:41 AM
    I agree with Shagbark however, the laws for the city need to be changed then, because if you disagree with the city, you have the right to go to court. While we may not like tis ruling mayBE the next time we will. At least some of the City Council realized this is not best for the city. So Keep Jeffery, Wood, & Quiney in mind when they come up for election. They have all proved time and again they are for the people, the neighborhoods, and the city. They have always worked to proctect us, but Gillespie has deep pockets, and friends in high places, therefore he can afford to buy what he wants, and to hell with the city, Like someone else said WE DON'T NEED MORE EMPTY BLDGS DOWNTOWN!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2010 at 11:44 AM
    Well if you have deep pockets, and can pay anyone for anything, sooner or later you win. We do not need more empty bldgs downtown.
  • by Shagbark Location: Lansing,MI on Oct 26, 2010 at 10:13 AM
    This underscores our need to be careful who we elect as Judge. This ruling was part of the 30th Circuit Court and was heard as an emergency hearing by a judge not a jury.
  • by Shagbark on Oct 26, 2010 at 09:38 AM
    This should prove that it is important who we elect as judges. This should be a legislative matter, but instead is law being enacted by the Judiciary.
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