Lawsuit over park near Vikings stadium dropped

Metrodome site
The east side of downtown Minneapolis, Minn. will be the site of one of the largest redevelopment projects in the city's history when the Metrodome, which opened in 1982, is torn down and replaced with a new Vikings stadium, Wells Fargo office towers and a park.
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Two former Minneapolis City Council members and a former mayoral candidate have dropped their lawsuit over the Downtown East project near the new Vikings stadium.

The $400 million development is expected to include two office towers, parking for the stadium, housing and a public park.

It's illegal for the city to help finance the purchase of land for parks because that's the domain of the park board, said Paul Ostrow, a former council president.

But Ostrow said he's dropping the lawsuit because a judge ordered him to post a $10 million bond to keep the litigation going.

"We feel that applying this kind of obligation so broadly has a chilling effect on the rights of individuals to challenge the actions of public bodies. And I think it's something the legislature should look at. And I think it's a very significant public policy issue," he said.

He's urging the city council to revisit the project.

A different lawsuit from former mayoral candidate Doug Mann has delayed the stadium's bond sale.

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