Afton trial continues into next weekThe case of GJ&M Development Inc. v. Afton continued Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Washington County Courthouse in Stillwater and will continue into next week. Judge Mary Hannon is hearing the case.
By: Amber Kispert-Smith, Woodbury Bulletin
The case of GJ&M Development Inc. v. Afton continued Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Washington County Courthouse in Stillwater and will continue into next week. Judge Mary Hannon is hearing the case.
During week Gordy Jarvis’ attorneys in the case questioned several witnesses in the case including former Mayor David Engstrom, Jarvis’ investors, financial experts and Jarvis himself.
The initial lawsuit between Afton and GJ&M was filed in 2007 by developer Gordy Jarvis, who claims that a moratorium on downtown development, which stopped his proposed Afton Center project, was illegally executed. Jarvis also alleges his development application was wrongfully ruled incomplete and thrown out by the city.
During Jarvis’ testimony on Dec. 3, he outlined his experiences in Afton starting with the opening of the Afton House Inn, through the process of designing the project and applying for permits.
Afton’s attorney in the case, George Hoff, challenged many of Jarvis’ attorney’s questions.
The trial adjourned for the weekend and will continue Monday morning at 9 a.m. with Jarvis still on the stand for questioning and cross examination. There will be no trial on Friday.
The outcome of the trial could result in substantial damages, on top of the extensive legal fees, to both parties.
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