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Failed rezoning for psychiatric hospital challenged in court

December 31, 2019 GMT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A property owner from Washington state has taken the city of Tacoma to court after City Council votes no on rezone allowing the development of a second psychiatric hospital in the city.

The News Tribune reports that Tacoma Life Properties LLC that owns the property filed a land-use petition against the city Dec. 27 over the failed rezoning ordinance.

Tacoma City Council members unanimously voted to reject the rezoning bid saying not all the facilities need to be located in the same district.

The first reading of the ordinance was unanimously approved in September and contends that because no party appealed the first council vote within 21 days under the Land Use Petition Act, for all intents and purposes, “it became final as matter of law,” the filing said.

The filing calls for the decision to be reversed and also seeks to recoup damages and legal fees, officials said.

The city is reviewing the filing and cannot comment further on pending litigation, city officials said.

Company owner Soon Kim is also CEO of Signature Healthcare Services, which aims to lease the property from Tacoma Life Properties for its 105-bed hospital, officials said.

An initial Land Use Petition Act case hearing is tentatively scheduled for February.