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Development Firm Accuses Ogden of Violations

Development Firm Accuses Ogden of Violations

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A large development firm accuses the city of Ogden of violating its own laws in a sale of land to a branch of the L-D-S church.

Woodbury Corporation has filed a lawsuit in Second District Court over the property sale of the former site of a downtown mall to Property Reserve Incorporated -- the real estate division of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

P-R-I purchased a piece of land to create a buffer between the mall project and a nearby L-D-S Temple.

Woodbury officials say the company's real beef is with city policymakers. The company says property owners and citizens were sidestepped in the deal.

The lawsuit claims proper legal procedures weren't followed. It also says plans weren't reviewed by police, the city attorney, school district or Post Office.

Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey calls the lawsuit "bizarre."

He feels Woodbury officials should be supporting the city for getting the mall project going.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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