The Associated Press is reporting that the city of Walnut filed a lawsuit today in an effort to stop developer Majestic's $800 million football stadium planned for the city of Industry. Via the paper:
"Neighboring cities 'would realize significant traffic impact, noise, air and light pollution and other impacts that would jeopardize the health, safety and welfare of its residents,' officials in Walnut, an affluent, suburban city, said in a prepared statement. Majestic Realty Co., the developer of the $800 million venue, initially proposed a complex of shops, offices and industrial buildings on the 600-acre site about 15 miles east of Los Angeles. When Majestic changed its plan in April, Walnut and other critics asked the developer for a new environmental impact report to account for the expected surge in traffic on game days, as well as increased noise and air pollution. The developer argued that filing a new report was expensive and unnecessary and instead submitted a supplement to its original study, which the Industry City Council approved last month. The lawsuit seeks to have the approvals reversed and to force planners to do a new environmental impact report."The mayor of Walnut had previously stated that he doesn't want "the type of rowdiness associated with professional games" in his city. According to the Mercury News, Diamond Bar also has threatened a lawsuit over the stadium.
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