The withdrawal notice from the city to its erstwhile partners in the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters deal, LandCo and the USOC itself, gives a preview of the defense that Colorado Springs will offer to the lawsuit LandCo filed against it and the USOC.
The USOC withdrew from the Economic Development Agreement last month.
The city seems to be following a simple strategy: It’s all LandCo’s fault! Poor, gullible, misunderstood, slandered, libelled, seduced, betrayed and left at the altar – that’s us! The city alleges that LandCo has been in breach of the ill-fated EDA for well over a year – in other words, from the moment it was signed.
While reciting LandCo’s alleged breaches of contract, misrepresentations and multiple failures to perform, the city admits to no shortcomings and mentions none by the USOC.
Clearly, the script we’re seeing is a minor variation on that of “Heathers”, the classic mean girl movie of the 1980s. The USOC is the alpha Heather and the city is, it hopes, another Heather – and LandCo is the spurned, ridiculed and derided Veronica Sawyer.
The Heathers just want to ditch Veronica and find a new BFF, a suitably cool girl to hang out with … but what’s Veronica going to do? Will she just go home and cry? Oh, nooo … watch out, Heathers!! Veronica’s got a gun!!
The USOC deal is, slowly but surely, heading for a denouement. The city and the USOC have signalled that they won’t play nice any more. Marshall and LandCo might be on the ropes, but they’ve still got some fight in ‘em.
Will Marshall and LandCo seek an injunction preventing the city and USOC from moving forward? Will UMB foreclose on the half-completed headquarters building at 27 S. Tejon St.? Will LandCo file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and simultaneously file fresh lawsuits against the city and USOC?
LandCo, Ray – it’s your move.
And thanks, all three of you, for the free fireworks – with this kind of show, who needs Memorial Park?
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