Posted: Mar 25, 2013 1:03 PM by Janine Reyes
Updated: Mar 25, 2013 6:54 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- The controversy that started three years ago over the demolition of Memorial Coliseum is not over yet, even though the building is long gone.
The Friends of the Coliseum group formed to keep the city from tearing down the old building. They claimed the building had historical value and should have remained standing.
They agreed to post a $30,000 bond in April 2010 while the issue went through the court system. In November 2010, crews finally finished the demoliton process.
But the city says the demolition delays cost them money and now it's time to collect.
"This is going to go forward until we get our $30,000," said City Attorney Carlos Valdez. He has every intention on collecting what's owed to the city.
The Friends of the Coliseum refused to pay up. "They signed a bond that says we promise to pay you $30,000, its that simple, then a judge ordered them to pay us the $30,000, its that simple," Valdez said.
It's not that simple. Even after going to court and being ordered to pay in October 2011, the group has not paid a dime. Instead, they filed an appeal.
The appeals court asked the two sides to mediate. Its a move that's very unusual.
"This is the first time the Court of Appeals, in a case that I've been involved in, orders us to mediate a case, I've never seen that before," said Valdez. He tells us he did ask for mediation before, about two years ago, but the Friends of the Coliseum refused at the time.
He tells us demolition delays cost about $65,000, the group is ordered to pay $30,000 and Valdez says they're willing find a figure in between those two numbers to close this case on a building that's now long gone.
"Anything between $30,000 and $65,000, we'd be glad to talk about it and try to resolve this," Valdez said.
We did try reaching attorney Abel Cavada who's representing the Friends of the Coliseum. His assistant said he would be in court all day.S far, he's not returned our call.
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