DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Denver city council member Rafael Espinoza is the subject of a "notice of claim" filed with the Denver City Attorney's office on behalf of a developer, alleging that Espinoza "unlawfully" interfered with a 47-unit residential apartment project located at 4390 Tennyson St. in Denver.
The complaint was filed by attorneys from Denver law firm Overturf, McGath & Hull P.C., on behalf of the developer on Aug. 29 and states that the alleged interference began on July 1.
The project was first permitted in July 2014 following approval by the city of the building plans, only to be delayed by the discovery of environmental issues that required state-supervised remediation, according to the complaint.
Two-and-a-half years later, after cleanup had been completed, "Espinoza inexplicably and improperly contacted the Denver Department of Community Planning and Development in an attempt to stymie development of the project, have the city revoke the building permits and stop work order the project by making largely inaccurate and exaggerated claims," the complaint states.
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