Judge Daniel Moreno ordered the parties to trial on March 13th on the claim under the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act (MERA) and attorneys for the City, Alatus and NEBL agreed on a schedule for discovery and mediation. The remaining claims, including claims that the City acted arbitrarily and without authority in granting the variance and conditional use permit for construction of the 42-story tower in St. Anthony Falls Historic District, will be decided at the same time as the MERA claim. In short, Judge Moreno took seriously NEBL’s claims that the demolition of the former St. Anthony Falls Commercial Club and construction of the Alatus Tower pose a significant and irreparable threat to the historic district. The parties agreed that no demolition will occur on the site in the meantime.
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