SPOKANE, Wash. – The Tapio Center near Freya and I-90 was dealt another blow.
A superior court judge dismissed a lawsuit against the Washington Department of Transportation.
The owners argued the state bought homes and commercial properties around the Tapio Center to build more of the North South Freeway, which would make the property worthless.
The lawsuit will likely be forwarded to the Court of Appeals.
The Tapio Center’s lawyer said the state intentionally blighted the area by buying properties around the Tapio Center. This has caused the owners to have a difficult time selling and renting the property because the state could never say when the North South freeway was going to be built.
The judge decided the Tapio Center did not prove there was enough evidence that state had engaged in a practice of blighting and then taking property.