5 a.m., April 16
Grantville Redevelopment Money Transfer Ruled Permissible
The Grantville Action Group, a group fighting redevelopment and eminent domain abuses, has lost a suit against the city, its redevelopment agency and the county. The Grantville group, which has long argued that its area is not blighted, filed a suit in superior court stating that $31.36 million of Grantville redevelopment funds were illegally transferred to the Centre City Redevelopment Project Area, and then transferred to the County for use on its administration building. The plaintiffs argued that Centre City was merely a middleman to complete a transaction that would otherwise not have been permitted if the money had not been transferred directly from Granville. The attorney general's office had earlier ruled that this transfer was "technically permissible." Judge Joan Lewis agreed and ruled against Grantville Action Group on all counts. Lewis ruled that the entire plan to use Grantville money for the County Administration Building is legal. The final judgment is supposed to be entered in 30 days. The Grantville group will have 60 days to appeal.