Lawsuit seeks to block Salt Lake soccer complex

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake City plans to finance a soccer complex despite a lawsuit that contends it will despoil land along the Jordan River.

City attorney Ed Rutan tells the Deseret News that lawsuit filed by The Jordan River Restoration Network is without merit.

The lawsuit asserts the city misrepresented the project and that development will violate flood-plain and master-plan rules and ruin migratory bird habitat.

Rutan says the city is asking a 3rd District judge to dismiss the lawsuit and won't hesitate to borrow $15.3 million after voters in November approved the municipal bond.

Real Salt Lake has pledged to help pay for the $22.8 million Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex in the city's northwest quadrant.


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