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Afton discusses proposed GJ&M settlement

This afternoon, the Afton City Council is meeting with their city attorney, in closed session, to review and discuss a proposed settlement presented to them by GJ&M Development Inc.

Neither the city's, nor GJ&M's attorneys, would comment on the proposed settlement.

Gordy Jarvis, who owns the Afton House Inn, filed a lawsuit against the city in 2007. Jarvis claimed 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.

The proposed Afton Center project would include 48 luxury condo units and 12 retail spaces over three city blocks in downtown Afton.

Jarvis was claiming nearly $6 million in damages.

A jury trial was held at the end of November.

During the jury trial at the Washington County Courthouse, Judge Mary Hannon ruled that GJ&M did not present enough sufficient evidence to show that the city was liable for the actions of its employees. Therefore Hannon dismissed all of Jarvis' $6 million in damage claims. The jury ruled in favor of the city that the application was not complete.

Hannon denied a retrial in February.

GJ&M filed an appeal with the Minnesota Court of Appeals in April.

Check the Woodbury Bulletin for updates on this story

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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