Lawsuit filed in Jefferson County to stop $30 land deal

ARVADA, Colo. — A grass-roots organization has filed a lawsuit to stop what’s become known as the $30 land deal from going forward in Arvada.

The move comes one month after the city council reversed course and approved a controversial plan to build a six-story apartment complex in Olde Town.

Critics are furious with the city’s decision to sell nine acres of prime real estate to a private developer for just $30.

In January, the city council rejected the plan on a 4-3 vote after public opposition mounted.

Council members unexpectedly revoted March 19 after the developer made some minor concessions to win approval, this time by a 6-1 margin.

But the lawsuit filed Monday night by Arvada For All The People says council members violated the city charter by not waiting at least a year to revote on the project.

The lawsuit also hints at a backroom deal referring to emails between the developer and Arvada Urban Renewal Authority just two days after the January vote failed.

Arvada For All The People said Monday the group will go to court to get the local government “back on the right rails.”

The complaint for declaratory relief was filed in Jefferson County District Court.

The lawsuit asks the city of Arvada be found in violation of its own laws and procedures and that the council’s approval of the $30 land deal be deemed invalid.

Defendants are the city of Arvada, Arvada Urban Renewal Authority and developer Trammell Crow.