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  • City sued for refusing release of RPS settlement documents

    The city of Spokane received notice this week that a lawsuit has been filed seeking documents that were used by city leaders to determine how much financial concession River Park …


  • County appeal seeks unpaid tax on garage

    River Park Square issues are headed back to court. Spokane County commissioners voted Thursday to appeal a recent decision from a Whitman County Superior Court judge that said property taxes …


  • City decides to challenge RPS ruling

    The legal battle over the city’s failed involvement in River Park Square’s downtown parking garage returned to City Hall on Monday, one year after the city settled a trial in …


  • City appealing River Park Square ruling

    The city of Spokane will appeal a ruling that kept it from collecting money from one of the participants in the River Park Square parking garage project. Mayor Dennis Hession …


  • No back taxes owed on RPS garage

    The River Park Square parking garage did not have to pay property taxes during the years it was part of a contentious public-private partnership with the city of Spokane, a …


  • Mall owners owe former councilman $38,090

    The owners of River Park Square owe former City Councilman Steve Eugster $38,090 in attorney fees for work he did defending himself and his wife against claims filed by the …


  • Spokane’s link to River Park Square coming to an end

    The last financial connections between the city of Spokane and the owners of River Park Square are being severed through a refinancing of a $22.65 million community development loan made …


  • Judge overturns RPS decisions

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday said that Spokane judges wrongly threw out journalist Tim Connor’s claim that the city illegally denied him documents related to River Park …


  • Politics and a parking garage: Lessons of RPS

    The main lawsuit over the River Park Square garage ended last week with a fizzle, not a bang, as the Spokane City Council accepted a $4.25 million settlement offer. That …


  • RPS conflict gives damage, lessons

    If a settlement worked out last week in the River Park Square case means the troubling saga will soon be over, no one will greet the news with more relief …


  • Several RPS legal issues still unresolved

    The approval of a settlement in the federal River Park Square lawsuit clears up most, but not all, of the litigation over the downtown mall and its garage. Here’s what …


  • Spokane ends last big RPS fight

    The Spokane City Council approved a truce Wednesday to end the long-running legal war over the River Park Square garage by accepting a $4.25 million settlement from its former bond …


  • City may settle RPS dispute

    The city of Spokane and its former legal advisers tentatively agreed to a $4.25 million settlement to end the federal trial over the River Park Square garage. The City Council …


  • Appraiser says garage overvalued

    RICHLAND – The downtown garage that was sold for $26.5 million in 1999 to help pay for the River Park Square renovation might be worth as little as $3.4 million …


  • Two theories compete at trial

    RICHLAND – Responsibility for paying off the multimillion-dollar legal mess spawned by the River Park Square garage may hinge on which theory a federal jury believes of what went wrong. …


  • Jurors selected to hear RPS trial

    RICHLAND – A jury of five men and four women from central Washington was sworn in Thursday to decide whether the city of Spokane got bad legal advice in the …


  • Jury selection starts today in RPS suit

    Almost four years to the day after investors sued the city of Spokane and nearly everyone else connected with River Park Square redevelopment, a trial is set to start over …


  • City wins RPS ruling on damages

    The city of Spokane received a victory Friday in the long-running legal battle over the River Park Square garage. A federal judge ruled the city can ask a jury to …


  • City was warned of RPS’ dire straits

    The River Park Square mall has been losing between $3. 7 million and $4. 2 million a year since 2000, and bankruptcy by the companies that owned it was “the …


  • RPS ruling pits city vs. its ex-bond attorney

    The federal lawsuit over the River Park Square parking garage started more than three years ago as a many-sided legal brawl. Wednesday it was reduced to a head-to-head fight between …


  • City seeks to reduce RPS losses

    The city of Spokane’s legal team went back to federal court Thursday seeking to reduce losses to taxpayers in the failed 1997 River Park Square parking garage deal. Attorney Michael …


  • City, RPS end legal fight

    The city of Spokane and the River Park Square development companies have a signed peace treaty in their long-running legal war over the mall’s garage. The former partners, which have …


  • Judge OKs one use of meter funds

    Some $6 million in parking meter money the city of Spokane has been setting aside for nearly three years can be used for a key piece of the River Park …


  • Judge ponders RPS deal

    A federal judge wrestled Wednesday with the sharply dropping values being placed on the River Park Square garage, wondering how a garage that sold for $26 million in 1998 could …


  • City of Spokane fined in RPS battle

    The city of Spokane will have to pay a fine of more than $21,000 to Camas Magazine for illegally withholding public documents on the River Park Square project requested by …


  • Garage trial delayed until April

    The federal trial over the River Park Square parking garage is being delayed until April to sort out some of the proposed settlements between the city of Spokane and some …


  • PDA getting out of parking business

    The Spokane Parking Public Development Authority is out of the parking business. Some people would argue that it has been out of the parking business for years, because the River …


  • Developer’s bankruptcy filing may be dismissed

    A bankruptcy filed by the Cowles development company that owns the former J.C. Penney’s building is scheduled to be formally dismissed today by a judge who says it’s unnecessary. U.S. …


  • City settles with downtown group

    The Spokane City Council in a 5-2 vote on Monday approved one more settlement in the ongoing legal battle over the city’s involvement in the troubled River Park Square parking …


  • RPS agency finally has cash in hand

    For the first time in years, the city agency that oversees the financially strapped River Park Square garage has some money. It’s not much, only $80.