SILVER SPRING, MD (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Seth Hurwitz, of I.M.P., a Maryland-based promoter who operates the 9:30 club, has sued Montgomery county officials tin an effort to block promoter Live Nation from opening a Fillmore-branded venue in Silver Spring.
According to the Washington Business Journal, a number pre-specified conditions that would allow the state of Maryland to help underwrite the project have not been met.
The conditions the lawsuit alleges that Montgomery County has not met include the lack of an adequate economic feasibility study or a full financial and cost analysis for the project, both of which are required for the state to subsidize the project.
"I think if the public knew how every step of this thing has been back-roomed and steam-rolled, they would be properly outraged," Hurwitz said in a statement. "We are going to begin the process of uncovering these layers."
Montgomery county officials dispute these allegations and claim that they have provided the required documentation.
"As far as we’re concerned, we’ve complied with the conditions laid down for the project, and we have confirmation from [state officials] that we’ve done that," Patrick Lacefield, a spokesman for Montgomery County told the Washington Business Journal.
Hurwitz is not an uninterested party however and made his own unsuccessful bid to operate a club on the site to be occupied by Live Nation's Fillmore. Additionally, the Fillmore would be a direct competitor with Hurwitz own 9:30 Club, which is less than 10 miles distant. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers