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Group files lawsuit against Yakima to stop construction of Downtown Plaza

Group files lawsuit against Yakima to stop construction of Downtown Plaza.

YAKIMA, Wash.- One day after Yakima’s city council decided to move forward with the plaza, those against it said the city is being served.

The group, Preserve Downtown Parking, has filed a lawsuit to stop the plaza from happening.

On Tuesday, the council voted five to one to start creating an ordinance for the plaza, but those plans may be put on hold.

The group against the plaza said the way the council handled the vote was inappropriate and illegal.

Bruce Smith with the Yakima Valley Business Times said this is past trying to work together and it will be settled in court.

“They had no input from anybody other than their own staff, who is clearly bias in one way, and counted heads. That's just a clear violation of the open public meetings act,” he said.

Smith said they're asking that any steps taken to start construction are put on hold while the lawsuit is worked out in court.

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