On Monday, February 27, the City Attorney of Alhambra announced that a judge has ruled in favor of the City of Alhambra, who were the defendants in The Ratkovich Company-ELITE’s lawsuit for denying their construction of The Villages.
By Melissa Michelson
Before the open session of the City Council began, City Attorney Joseph Montes told the council and the public that on Friday the trial court judge had denied Wayne Ratkovich’s writ and that the “City of Alhambra prevailed on all of the arguments pertaining to the writ.”
He said that the court “has determined that the Housing Accountability Act doesn’t apply to the project, and that the City Council was correct in denying the project.”
On September 20, 2021, at a six-hour Special Meeting and after six years of public outrage, the City Council of Alhambra unanimously rejected The Villages project, which would have built 790 market-rate condos and apartments at Fremont and Mission, with only a 10% set-aside of apartments for moderate income renters.
When asked about the The Villages result, Councilwoman Katherine Lee said, “I have been very encouraged by the public participation during the entire process. It was an example of democracy at work – government for the people, by the people and of the people.”
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