Wal Mart Stores : Last-minute drama puts Movie Tavern back in limbo
A last-minute legal formality over a tiny parcel of land has cast the beleaguered
"If we have to wait another six weeks for a mortgage to be released, then we have a big problem," Pittman said Friday. "That could create a situation that's very unfortunate for David."
The 116,000-square-foot retail development would feature four other retail pads plus the existing Bastian Carpet One. The main entrance would be between Bastian and Hamilton Animal Care in the 6100 block of
The township review of the development plan offered a smorgasbord of local government dramas: an effort to save historic sycamore trees, a neighborhood crusade against the proposed height of the theater's tower, fighting words over traffic impact fees and a whole lot of history between the developer and public officials. More than once,
Before Jaindl can turn around and give the township the right of way, Hamilton Animal Care owners
Somach drafted an indemnification agreement that would have enabled Jaindl to record the plan before the official release of the mortgages and would have protected the township from any future legal action.
But commissioners rejected the agreement, saying they did not feel the need to get involved in a transaction between two private parties.
"This is an issue that should have been taken care of a long time ago," Commissioner
"I feel for
Jaindl did not attend the meeting.
"Representatives of Jaindl had asked if they needed to be here," Somach told commissioners. "I didn't think it would be any kind of controversial issue."
Reached Friday evening, Jaindl said he's worked diligently with
"They went against the better judgment of their solicitor," Jaindl said. "The risk to the township is zero."
The company also is hoping to bring a
Pittman hoped to open the
"It's certainly a disappointment -- we hate missing the big films, and the sooner we get open, the sooner we can start serving the market," Pittman said.
But he said the company still is committed to the
"We expect to close next week," he said.
Jaindl assured that, despite the setback, the
"This will all happen," he said. "We'll be closing at the earliest date that
--Tentative opening: spring 2018
--Originally announced opening: late 2016
--Food and beverage: Casual dining menu, full bar with wine, beer and cocktails
--Theater: 11 screens, state-of-the-art sound, digital projection and 3D capability
--Amenities: Reserved stadium seating, call button service in all theaters
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