Judge dismisses Plaza Towers flood damage lawsuit

Plaza Tower Flooding

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kent County Circuit Court Judge George Buth Friday dismissed the Plaza Towers’ lawsuit against the City of Grand Rapids.

According to Grand Rapids City Attorney Catherine Mish, the judge’s ruling came after two-and-a-half hours of oral argument in court.

Mish said a 1989 contract between the city and United Development bars Plaza from suing the city for damages to their property.

Plaza Towers was suing for damages sustained during  April 2013 flooding.

The high-rise condos and hotel were evacuated during that time after a concrete slab in the basement was pushed up from the foundation, allowing the water from the Grand River to flood the lower levels of the building and parking structure.

The Towers claimed the flooding happened because the city cut out a piece of the flood wall in 1996, making way for a walking path underneath the Blue Bridge.

 

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