A Superior Court judge has ruled against a coalition of citizens groups trying to block demolition of the old Pacific Electric depot downtown that the city wants to clear away for a luxury condominium project.
Judge Judith Ryan ruled that her earlier restraining order preventing the city from tearing down the depot, built in 1927, would remain in effect until last Thursday.
She delayed lifting the order until then to give opponents of the action--including Heritage Orange County, a preservation group, and the Alliance for Fair Redevelopment--time to file an appeal before wrecking crews move in. Alliance attorney Salvador Sarmiento said he will file an appeal this week.
Earlier, the alliance sued the city and developer, Urban Ventures Inc., to block the 194-unit condominium project, which was approved by the City Council in July. Sarmiento said the group wants the city to conduct an environmental impact report on the project and also rewrite its general plan to include more low-income housing.