Virginia's highest court will hear an appeal to a lawsuit from two gyms that will delay construction on Charlottesville's new YMCA. The state Supreme Court will take up the case brought by ACAC and Gold's Gym.
Owners argue Albemarle County violated the Virginia Public Procurement Act when it gave more than $2 million to the non-profit. The YMCA claims it was a donation, and not a contract, which would have required a public bid process. It says ACAC's owner is blocking a project that will benefit the entire community.
"They should be outraged, because it's one man and his personal greed trying to deprive the community of the facility they need and deserve," said Dennis Blank of the Piedmont Family YMCA.
ACAC says it is pleased the Supreme Court of Virginia sees merit in the case. The court will likely take up the appeal next spring.
The YMCA says this will indefinitely delay the $14 million project in McIntire Park, which could have broken ground next month.
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