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Oklahoma City woman continues legal fight against Triangle expansion

Expansion plans for the Triangle at Classen Curve remain in limbo nearly a year after an Oklahoma City woman filed a lawsuit challenging the development.

Oklahoma City Attorney Robyn Assaf, who lives near the proposed development in the Glenbrook neighborhood, said she's not giving up on the court battle. Assaf claims in her lawsuit against Oklahoma City that the city did not follow proper procedure to notify the neighboring City of Nichols Hills of the development before approving the Triangle expansion.

Oklahoma City and developer Washington Prime have jointly asked the court for a speedy judgment in their favor on grounds Assaf's case has no merit. A hearing on the matter is set for Friday in Oklahoma County District Court, said Kristy Yager, spokeswoman for Oklahoma City.

Assaf filed the lawsuit in November 2015 over plans to build as many as 500 apartment units with structured parking on 10.5 acres of undeveloped land next to the shopping center.

Washington Prime Group declined to comment on whether it still planned to proceed with the development. Columbus, Ohio-based Washington Prime owns the Triangle at Classen Curve, Nichols Hills Plaza and Triangle at Classen Curve shopping centers.

Preliminary plans for the expanded Triangle development call for a cluster of upscale shops and restaurants, as well as high-rise apartment units.

Three homeowners associations representing residents in the Glenbrook, Hardin Hills and Glengate neighborhoods attempted to join Assaf's lawsuit in May, but the court denied the groups' application.

The homeowners' associations are concerned about having as many as 500 new apartment units built near their neighborhoods as part of the Triangle expansion, Assaf said.

"The associations do not support such a high-density development," she said.

OKC development still stalled by lawsuit (Published Feb. 18, 2016) Lawyer sues Oklahoma City, developer over plans for Triangle development (Published Dec. 22, 2015)

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<p>The Triangle at Classen Curve development and a vacant lot just to the north of it are shown. Developer Washington Prime Group wanted to expand the shopping center, but litigation continues to hold up the project. [Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]</p>

The Triangle at Classen Curve development and a vacant lot just to the north of it are shown. Developer Washington Prime Group wanted to expand the shopping center, but litigation continues to hold up the project. [Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]

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Brianna Bailey

Brianna Bailey joined The Oklahoman in January 2013 as a business writer. During her time at The Oklahoman, she has walked across Oklahoma City twice, once north-to-south down Western Avenue, and once east-to-west, tracing the old U.S. Route 66.... Read more ›

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