The Scottrade Center lawsuit was withdrawn hours after the filing; opponents say options remain | Subway
ST. LOUIS • A lawsuit to force a public vote on the city’s $ 64 million bail for Scottrade Center renovations was bluntly withdrawn on Tuesday just hours after it was filed.
The lawsuit aimed to revive a 2002 voter-approved order that was overturned by a circuit court judge in 2015. But the order exempted professional sports facilities built before 2004, and the Scottrade Center opened its doors. doors in 1994.
After City Councilor Michael Garvin told the Post-Dispatch that the order would not apply to the Scottrade Center, the lawyers who filed the complaint withdrew it “in light of this development.”
“However, they [plaintiffs] are currently looking for additional options to ensure voter participation with regard to public funding of sports facilities, ”said John Ammann, one of the attorneys and professor of law at the University of St. Louis, in an e- mail Tuesday afternoon.
Last week, Mayor Francis Slay signed a bill approving $ 64 million renovations to the Scottrade Center, home of the St. Louis Blues hockey team. With the money for the renovations coming from a loan taken out by the city, the total costs with interest would reach $ 100 million over 30 years.