Appeals Court Upholds Ruling in Loop Boundary Dispute

By on January 19, 2018

From St. Louis Record:  The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District Division has upheld a lower court’s ruling a boundary dispute involving the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District.

Presiding Judge Mary Hoff wrote the opinion for the court with judges Robert Dowd Jr. and Kurt Odenwald concurring.

The plaintiffs in the case involved Elsie Beck Glickert, Jen Rivenes Jennsen and Peter Sarandos.

Sarandos filed the lawsuit in July 2015, alleging that the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District built the line beyond the district’s boundaries.

The district was granted summary judgment by the Circuit Court of St. Louis County after Sarandos had sought declaratory judgment, and a permanent injunction to prohibit construction and operation of a trolley-car system along Delmar Boulevard from the Loop in University City to Forrest Park in St. Louis.

The project reportedly extended 535 feet past the boundaries of the district, which was formed after voters approved a ballot issue creating the district in 2008.

The project has been debated since 2000 and a number of public meetings have been held.

Since 2008, the project has included improvements beyond the district boundaries on both ends of the route.

Moreover, as early as 2004, plans for the project contemplated extension of the system to accommodate the additional work.

In his lawsuit, Sarandos claimed the district lacks authority to build, maintain and operate the project beyond its boundaries.

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