The Whittier Redevelopment Agency has filed suit against the developer of a 16-acre shopping center just west of the city's center. The suit was filed in response to a preliminary injunction obtained by the developer to prevent the agency from canceling its contract.
The suit alleges that Urbatec failed to meet numerous terms of the agreement to build the Whittier Station Center, a 20-store shopping complex that is to be anchored by a major grocery store.
Hank Cunningham, assistant city manager for community development, said the agency is not happy with a Superior Court judge's ruling that the agency cannot stipulate what kind of market should anchor the Whittier Station Center.
The agency and the planned developer, Urbatec, have been embroiled in a legal battle because city leaders said Urbatec officials falsely promised them a Market Basket grocery store, when in fact a Food 4 Less is planned for the center.