There hasn't been much action in the city's case against the Museum of the American Railroad at Fair Park, which city attorneys took to court at the end of January 2010 after the museum failed to choo-choo to Frisco as it had long promised to do. Long story short, the city wants the property back so State Fair of Texas officials can use it to display new cars during the fair.
The most recent filing, the first in months, dates back to April 22, when the museum's attorney, William Brotherton, filed a motion complaining that the city has, "throughout this litigation, continually delayed and hindered discovery" by making "frivolous objections." His lengthy laundry list of gripes, and a cache of internal missives to and from -- and between -- city officials dating back to the mid-1990s, follows.
But yesterday, the museum put on its website a release announcing that at long last it's ready to break ground in Frisco, having finally raised enough cash for construction. Says the release, groundbreaking is set for May 31 on the 12.34-acre site.
"It is very exciting and gratifying to be at this point in the project," says museum CEO Bob LaPrelle in a statement. "While our Capital Funding Campaign continues, we now have sufficient funds on hand to begin construction. This important benchmark enables the museum and its stakeholders to establish a true physical presence in Frisco and seek support for the next phase of work. We look forward to continuing and expanding the museum's nearly 50-year legacy of providing educational programs to North Texas."
No word on what this means for the pending trial; messages have been left for Brotherton, who's out of town till Wednesday, and First Assistant City Attorney Chris Bowers.
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