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Developer files $1.3 million lawsuit against Abingdon, Washington County

January 9th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

Developer Clifton-Stewart has filed a $1.3 million lawsuit that claims the town of Abingdon and Washington County, Va., breached their contract to buy his land for $2.37 million, reports the Bristol Herald Courier

The two localities agreed Nov. 15, 2007, to buy about 60 acres on U.S. Highway 11 near Interstate 81’s exit 22 for a joint sports complex. To avoid tax penalties for Clifton-Stewart, the agreement required the localities to delay closing until Nov. 3, 2008, barring any subsequent written agreements.

Town Attorney Debbie Icenhour she was still very hopeful about the sports complex project, but can’t say now whether it will happen, or in what form.

If the town and county doesn’t buy the property, the complaint states, Clifton-Stewart is seeking $1.3 million in damages to compensate for losses and expenses. Clifton-Stewart’s complaint calls the long, embattled process "political, territorial turf squabbling."

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