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Judge rules in Wilmington's favor on hotel lawsuit

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The City of Wilmington came out on top in a lawsuit regarding a challenge about the city's conformance with a 2006 legal agreement that outline how the convention center hotel could be built. The City of Wilmington came out on top in a lawsuit regarding a challenge about the city's conformance with a 2006 legal agreement that outline how the convention center hotel could be built.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

The City of Wilmington came out on top in a lawsuit regarding a challenge about the city's conformance with a 2006 legal agreement that outline how the convention center hotel could be built.

Attorneys representing Glenn Wells claimed the city had sold land to the hotel developer under market value.

The City of Wilmington was notified Friday that NC Superior Court Judge Paul L. Jones ruled in the city's favor.

"We are very pleased with the judge's ruling because it validates what we have said all along," said Mayor Bill Saffo. "The city has been, and will continue to be, in full compliance the 2006 consent decree. We look forward to moving as quickly as possible so that we can begin to realize the economic benefits of this important project."

City council approved an agreement with Harmony Hospitality, Inc. in February to purchase land and build a full service Embassy Suites next to the Wilmington Convention Center.

Construction on the $33.6 million hotel is expected to begin late this summer and be finished by early 2016.

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