PASADENA — Eight business owners have filed suit against the city to block the relocation of Union Station, a soup kitchen and temporary shelter for the homeless that recently won approval to move after a long and bitter fight with its prospective neighbors.
The suit, filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, asks for a review of the city's actions concerning Union Station. It alleges that the Board of City Directors violated zoning laws when it granted Union Station's request to move to a largely industrial section of southwest Pasadena, and that environmental testing was not done to determine the effect of the shelter on the surrounding neighborhood. The suit also names All Saints Episcopal Church, which runs the shelter, as a co-defendant.
Attorney Martin Washton, who filed the suit on behalf of business owners near the vacant lot at 410 S. Raymond Ave., where Union Station plans to move, said the suit "is not a case that is seeking to raise social and economic issues. It challenges the manner in which the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Board of City Directors chose not to apply (zoning) law."
Deputy City Atty. Jerome Levin said he could not comment on the suit because the board had not yet reviewed it.