In a decision released Thursday, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled in favor of the YMCA. Now that the lawsuit is behind them, the YMCA can move at full-speed to bring the new facility to Charlottesville.
Ruling in the YMCA's favor Thursday, the Virginia Supreme Court rejected the lawsuit filed by ACAC, Gold's Gym and Total Fitness in 2010.
"We couldn't be more pleased and happy with the Supreme Court rulings," said chairman of the YMCA Board Kurt Krueger.
Christine Thalwitz, a representative of ACAC, said, "ACAC was disappointed by the ruling, but we appreciate that the Virginia Supreme Court saw fit to hear our case, that they saw merit that it warranted their review, but the decision is final and we respect that decision and now it's time to move forward. I think what we wish most is that the project had been rebid from the outset."
Krueger says any upcoming hurdles to construction are minor compared to what the organization has been through so far.
"We've been in discussions with the bank for quite some time, so we know where we're going there. We actually were negotiating the contract a year ago August with the contract when the Supreme Court cases were agreed to be heard," he said.
Krueger says construction could start in the next couple of months, a development he hopes the community will celebrate.
"A lot of people are anxious for us to get this facility open so that there are alternatives, and low-cost alternatives, and alternatives that are available to folks that just can't afford a private health club," said Krueger. "And that's what we're going to bring to the community."
Krueger says after that last round of approvals, the building process should take 16-20 months.