Plaintiffs file injunction in T.C. lights case

Plaintiffs file injunction in T.C. lights case
Stadium lights at Witter Recreational Fields off of Duke Street. (Photo Credit: Missy Schrott)

By Missy Schrott |

The plaintiffs in the T.C. lights case filed a request for an injunction against Alexandria City Public Schools on May 6, according to the plaintiffs’ attorney, Lars Liebeler.

The request asks Judge Thomas Horne to require ACPS to halt action on the Parker-Gray Stadium modernization project until the lawsuit is complete, Liebeler said.

The request comes weeks after Horne ruled on April 17 that the case would go to trial. A trial date has not yet been scheduled, but the motion states that residents wish to schedule the trial for late 2019, while the city said it cannot schedule a trial until after Feb. 1, 2020.


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The plaintiffs filed the request at around noon on May 6, according to Liebeler. A couple of hours later, just before 6 p.m., ACPS sent out a news release with details on the stadium project.

ACPS has continued to move forward with construction drawings for the stadium modernization and preparation for the permitting process, but has yet to begin construction, according to the release.

“We were intending to complete the construction work by the end of the summer, however due to the natural back and forth of the permitting and review process, the work will now start this summer instead of the spring,” the release reads.

Liebeler said to his knowledge, the injunction request and news release were unrelated.

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