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Supreme Court rejects AIMCO's Lincoln Place Appeal

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The sun sets on Lincoln Place

Looks like the tenants and former tenants of Lincoln Place can, at long last, declare victory.

The short-short version of the Lincoln Place ordeal: Over the last few years, Denver-based apartment management megalith AIMCO has succeeded in evicting nearly all the residents of Venice's Lincoln Place, a 700-unit, post-World War II affordable housing complex. They were hoping to bulldoze the place and build condos.

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Only 12 Lincoln Place apartments were still occupied when, in September, a state Appeals Court told AIMCO they were violating a host of agreements they'd made with tenants. Evictions finally stopped, and at Councilmember Bill Rosendahl's urging, the City Council decided they wouldn't help the corporate landlord appeal the ruling.

The new development: AIMCO tried bringing their case to the state Supreme Court anyway, without the city's help. The court chooses not to hear 90% of the cases they're offered; lo and behold, yesterday they sent AIMCO packing just like most others.

So what follows this victory for the little guy? According to a release, there will be a lawsuit against AIMCO "for damages and restitution" by current and former tenants. Last I heard, the suit will be helmed by John Murdock, the attorney who won them their last court battle.

In the meantime, for a few Venice residents at least, egg nog is going to taste a little sweeter.

Photo by svanes via Flickr