New Twists In Parking Lot Dispute

More volleys in a legal battle between the city and a downtown parking lot developer.

Weeks ago Fact Finders first showed us barriers installed by public works to block college World Series fans from pulling in. The developer claims that cost him thousands of dollars.

"Jim Monahan the parking lot developer says, " We’d have at least 50 cars and park em in the aisles." But Monahan didn't get permits to build this lot and calling it dangerous to public safety, the city blocked the entrance. "Todd Pfitzer Omaha city engineer says: the access as its constructed it not safe. There's no adequate sight distance for cars to get in and out, the exiting and entering traffic cross each other"

But Monahan estimates he lost 25-thousand dollars in fan parking fees and he filed a claim against the city. Jim Monahan says, "I don't think it’s unsafe, it’s just the way they want to interpret it."

So far the city hasn't ordered a tear out only a rebuild at the entrance.
The city has given Monahan about one month to replace a curb he cut out. Its about 50 feet. Monahan says: at this point I don't intend to."

District engineer Tim Weander tells Fact Finders the state supports any city action on code violations. Monahan promises a legal fight so the future of the lot may be parked in court long term.

Tim Weander says the developer may have built beyond what the state lease allows. The developer says that's news to him and he believes the parking lot stands on solid ground legally. City officials don't agree.

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