Group wants $60M from stadium developer

Sept. 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles anti-poverty group suing to strike a law giving special treatment to an NFL stadium said it wants $60 million from the developer for housing.

The Los Angeles Community Action Network said it wants the Anschutz Entertainment Group to donate $2 million per year in concession costs toward affordable housing during the next three decades to meet the need for affordable housing it says will result from the project employing low-wage workers, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

The group is suing to invalidate a state law, written specifically for the project, limiting the period of litigation involving AEG's environmental impact report on the stadium to 175 days. Lawsuits on environmental impact reports often last two to three years, the Times said.

"This project isn't just about football, and it isn't just about jobs," said Becky Dennison, co-director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network. "It's about far-reaching implications for the community."

AEG Executive Vice President and General Counsel Ted Fikre said he has only heard about the $60 million demand secondhand. He said the group's lawsuit could "kill" the stadium plans by miring it in years of litigation.

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