CAMDEN, NJ—The City of Camden has responded to an amended complaint filed against it by the developer Dranoff Properties and Victor Urban Renewal Group LLC over the sale of the Victor Building.
On Friday, Aug. 3, the city filed a motion to dismiss the amended complaint, claiming that Victor Urban Renewal again ignored a stipulation in the financial agreement between the city and Victor Urban Renewal that requires any litigation to be filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey. The motion also claims that Victor Urban Renewal Group failed to establish a due process claim.
The motion to dismiss is scheduled to be heard Sept. 4 by United States District Court Judge Noel Hillman. It was filed by Brown and Connery LLP, attorneys for the defendants.
In June, Victor Urban Renewal Group, owned by Dranoff Properties, filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming that city officials were blocking the $71 million sale of the 349-unit Victor building to the Denver-based Aimco by failing to transfer tax credits connected to the project.
On July 2, the city filed a motion to dismiss the complaint citing, for the first time, that a stipulation in the financial agreement between the city and Victor Urban Renewal requires any litigation to be filed in state Superior Court.
Before the motion could be heard, an amended complaint was filed by Victor Urban Renewal Group on July 20, adding Dranoff Properties as a plaintiff and the CRA as a defendant, along with alleging that there was a breach of contract against the CRA.
"Like the first Complaint filed by Victor Urban Renewal, the Amended Complaint is steeped in a sense of entitlement and the Plaintiffs’ glaring disdain for the City," the motion to dismiss states.