Court rules in favor of property owner in ‘blight’ dispute with Glendale

“A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of a Glendale property owner in a dispute stemming from the city’s efforts to seize 6 acres for a planned entertainment district.

On Monday, the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed a lower court’s ruling, concluding the City of Glendale deprived MAK Investment Group LLC of its due process rights when it failed to alert the company of a 30-day window to challenge a May 2013 city determination that its property was blighted.

MAK Investment Group owns 6 acres near the intersection of East Virginia Avenue and South Colorado Boulevard in Glendale. MAK principal Nasrin Kholghy — who called the Monday ruling “a big relief” — said there are four buildings on the parcels.

One of the parcels, at 550 S. Colorado Blvd., houses the Authentic Persian & Oriental Rugs, which his owned by some of the MAK partners.

The court decision nullifies the 2013 blighted determination and prevents Glendale from seizing the land for the entertainment district.

MAK originally sued the City of Glendale and Glendale Urban Renewal Authority in October 2015.”
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Gounley, Thomas. BusinessDen 17 May 2018.