Friday, July 17, 2009

FWY Gets Permission For New Lawsuit

That's according to the Chi-Town Daily News's story Fix Wilson Yard gets okay to file another lawsuit

By Adeshina O. Emmanuel Jr. • July 17, 2009 @ 3:20 PM

A group opposing the controversial Wilson Yard project in Uptown will get another chance to make its case.

Judge Mary Rochford on Friday granted a request by residents group Fix Wilson Yard to file a new lawsuit against the City of Chicago and Holsten Real Estate, the developer of the project that will feature a Target store, office space and housing for low-income families and seniors.

“We’re trying to accomplish the same thing we’ve been trying to accomplish since the beginning, which is to stop the wasting of taxpayer dollars,” says Thomas Ramsdell, Fix Wilson Yard’s attorney. “My clients are as motivated as ever.”

Ramsdell said Fix Wilson Yard will file the lawsuit next Friday.

Read the entire story here, including the new bases for the action and what Tom Johnson, Holsten's attorney has to say about it.


  1. From the article:

    One count alleges that amendments made in 2007 and 2008 to the redevelopment agreement entered by Holsten and the city in 2005 should have prompted an amendment to the TIF.

    Another count accuses the city of violating the open meetings act.

    The third count argues that the original ordinance that established the TIF district in 2001 is “unconstitutionally vague.”

    Gotta wonder if the whiplash-speed reverse decision about making the Wilson Yard TIF meeting next Thursday open has anything to do with this.

  2. Congrats to all of those who worked so hard on this. There's still much more work to do, but it's another step forward. It's a sad state of affairs when residents must file lawsuits in order to get the attention of their elected representative.

    Please everyone, consider making another donation to help this lawsuit move ahead.

  3. Instead of using this additional capital for a lawsuit, I suggest that we pool it together to add to the fish-farm fund that will be located across from WY.
    When in Rome.

  4. A 40 million dollar school would be a major asset, is that a TIF? If your in a crap building, you assume your crap. Thats how kids work. 50 million is crazy money!

  5. Helen's had better weeks, that's for sure.