Suit settled: St. Anthony plans move forward

Elk Valley Times

September 3, 2019

Nearly two years after filing a lawsuit against the City of Fayetteville and Fayetteville Public Utilities, St. Anthony Catholic Church is moving forward with plans to build a new Parish Life Center on its property at 1900 Huntsville Hwy.

Representatives of the church appeared before the Fayetteville Planning Commission Tuesday, requesting and gaining site plan and construction approval for the new center.

The decision to move forward with the center comes after the City of Fayetteville and FPU settled out of court with the church for a reported $124,000. That amount, to be divided equally between the two entities, will be paid by their insurance after each pays their $5,000 deductibles – the city and FPU share the same carrier, according to sources. Attorneys’ fees were also divided 50/50.

The church had filed the suit in U.S. District Court over water flow and fire protection issues in September of 2017, a year after it began submitting plans to the City of Fayetteville for the Parish Life Center and five months after the city denied the church’s request for a building permit to begin construction, citing the inadequacy of the hydrant serving the property for fire protection.

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