A lawsuit some hoped would bring the McIntire Park YMCA project to a halt has been dismissed.
The Charlottesville Area Fitness Club Operators Association filed two lawsuits last May. One was filed against Albemarle County, the other against the city of Charlottesville. The gyms listed as co-plaintiffs in the lawsuit include ACAC, Gold's Gym, and Total Fitness.
Owners of those gyms claimed Charlottesville did not solicit public bids for the services it is contracting with the YMCA. But Wednesday morning, Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Higgins ruled that the city of Charlottesville conducted the bid process appropriately without trying to manipulate the system.
It was the same decision that was made regarding the Albemarle county lawsuit last November.
Edward Lowry, the plaintiff's attorney, said "We were obviously disappointed in both rulings, because we felt - and our clients feel very strongly - that an open bidding process serves the residents of the county and the city best."
The city of Charlottesville has set aside more than $1-million dollars for the project. Albemarle county supervisors are set to put $2-million towards the YMCA's funding.
An attorney for the plaintiffs says that gym owners are already planning to appeal both rulings.