College Station, Councilmembers Sued Over Development Decision

College Station leaders will likely meet this week to discuss a suit by a realty company against the city, three currently-elected leaders, and a former mayor.

Weingarten Realty filed the suit against College Station, its current mayor Ben White, former Mayor Ron Silvia, and current councilmembers Lynn McIlhaney (herself a former mayor) and Dave Ruesink, all stemming from a hotly-debated item two-and-a-half years ago.

Back in 2006, Weingarten wanted to put a development anchored by Wal-Mart at Rock Prairie Road and Highway 6, much to the chagrin of residents in the area, who turned out in force against the proposal. Weingarten owns the property, which was noted in the city's comprehensive plan as being best for regional retail.

However, in a 4-to-3 vote, the council decided not to rezone the property for commercial use. City staff had recommended approval. Among the issues cited at the time were concerns over traffic safety in the area, as the Rock Prairie-Highway 6 intersection was among the most traveled and high on accident reports.

It is those four council members that voted against the plan that are named in the suit, which was filed in federal court last month.

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