HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The city of Huntsville is facing yet another challenge regarding their dealings with sports goods store Cabela’s.
Huntsville resident Carl E. Fallin, Sr. filed a “taxpayer’s lawsuit” to block the city’s role in the land deals that are bringing the company here.
In a 13 page lawsuit, Fallin accuses the city of concealing the nature of its transactions with Cabela’s site developers. The lawsuit lists contracts and land agreements allegedly made between the city and the developers.
It also accuses the city of “bankrolling” the Parkside Town Centre project by using public funds to benefit the developers, saying “Huntsville’s contribution of money to the Parkside project does not follow customary procedures for use of public resources for economic development.”
The lawsuit also claims the city is paying $7.6 million to the developers to secure the land that is valued at less than $300,000.
Last month, Shane Davis, the city’s Director of Urban Development, told our news partners at Al.com that the city does not have a development deal with Cabela’s. They are instead supporting it with public investment of the same kind it makes in other developments.
Fallin also seeks compensation for the taxes he’s paid to the city that have gone toward funding this project.
A spokeswoman for the city responded to news of the lawsuit, saying:
“At this time, the city of Huntsville has not officially been served the complaint. The complaint will be reviewed by our lawyers, and the city will vigorously defend this very obvious attempt to disrupt a community economic development project that will benefit all citizens of Huntsville.”
The city is also implicated in another lawsuit that developer Louis Breland filed. Breland is suing school board member Mike Culbreath and Parkside Town Centre developer James Packard for allegedly interfering with his plans to have Cabela’s anchor a shopping center he is developing in Madison.