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Legal bills to date: $78,345

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The City of Penticton has spent more than $78,000 in legal fees over the ill-fated Eckhardt Avenue hockey dorm deal. Although the bill has not risen in recent months, the matter has not yet resolved in the courts. Nine city-owned lots near Eckhardt and Alberni Street were tentatively sold in November 2011 to a numbered company represented by developer Lorne Regan, who wanted to build a $15-million hockey dormitory for players at the Okanagan Hockey School and the affiliated Okanagan Hockey Academy. However, the sale fell through and the project stalled shortly after it began. A number of contractors involved in initial site preparation work filed liens amounting to more than $1 million against the property title. Some creditors have opted to sue the city for damages in B.C. Supreme Court. No court date has yet been set. According to a city response to a freedom of information request, the total of all legal fees associated with the project is $78,345. A $50,000 deposit on the property sale paid by Regan has been retained by the city.
The Eckhardt property.
The City of Penticton has spent more than $78,000 in legal fees over the ill-fated Eckhardt Avenue hockey dorm deal.
Although the bill has not risen in recent months, the matter has not yet resolved in the courts.
Nine city-owned lots near Eckhardt and Alberni Street were tentatively sold in November 2011 to a numbered company represented by developer Lorne Regan, who wanted to build a $15-million hockey dormitory for players at the Okanagan Hockey School and the affiliated Okanagan Hockey Academy.
However, the sale fell through and the project stalled shortly after it began.
A number of contractors involved in initial site preparation work filed liens amounting to more than $1 million against the property title. Some creditors have opted to sue the city for damages in B.C. Supreme Court. No court date has yet been set.
According to a city response to a freedom of information request, the total of all legal fees associated with the project is $78,345. A $50,000 deposit on the property sale paid by Regan has been retained by the city.

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