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Summer Nights Suit To Proceed

SEATTLE (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Friends of Gas Works Park, which filed a lawsuit to stop the One Reel Summer Nights concert series from relocating to the park this summer without community input, won the first round of the battle on Tuesday when a judge agreed the city is required to study environmental impacts of the plan.

“It is a big win for the community, and frankly, I think it is for the city, too,” Friends’ attorney David Bricklin told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

The city has maintained that an environmental review is unnecessary, noting that such studies aren’t done for other activities in the park.

The city can appeal the court decision.

The court dismissed a second complaint that claimed the city made an illegal gift in approving $150,000 in utility improvement that would enable One Reel Productionis to produce the concert series.

Each concert would draw about 3,800 people, raising neighborhood concerns about traffic, noise and parking. Residents complained about not being involved in the decision. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers