The owner of a defunct Culver City sports club has sued the city, alleging that it has taken his property without just compensation and denied his civil rights by rejecting his plans to build townhouses on the site.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court earlier this month, charges that the City Council's April denial of the 30-townhouse project was unreasonable, given that the sports club had barely broken even in its nearly 15 years of operation. The council at that time also determined that the city could not afford to buy the club for a municipal recreation center.
The suit asks for $10 million in damages, which is what the owner estimates is the worth of the townhouse project, Gaines said.
A city-ordered study by a recreation consulting firm found that the Westside Sports Club, 4901 Overland Blvd., would not be able to compete in today's market without renovations costing as much as $540,000.