Land-use lawsuits filed against city

Kirkland’s civic leaders are probably wishing they’d budgeted more money for fighting lawsuits, if the new year is any indication.

The Estate of Ralph Nienaber and Davidson Searles & Associates are both seeking land-use appeals against the City of Kirkland in Superior Court. Kirkland City Council gave the go-ahead to private amendment requests (PARs) for both Costco Wholesale to build a gas station and Touchstone to redevelop Parkplace Shopping Center up to eight-stoies during a Dec. 16 meeting.

Both parties that own nearby properties recently filed an injunction against the city. The owners alleged the city has engaged in “spot-zoning” and the city’s activities would devalue their property.

“I don’t think the council’s playing a role in this now,” said Kirkland Mayor Jim Lauinger.

He declined further comment in response to the developments.

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