- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Some Summerville residents are suing the town to block construction of a hotel.

Multiple media outlets reported the lawsuit filed in Charleston claims the town violated federal, state and local laws when it entered a public-private partnership to build the $30 million project.

The project includes condominiums, a restaurant, retail space, a parking garage and a conference center.

The suit was filed on behalf of the Summerville Preservation Society and the Dorchester County taxpayers Association and several individuals.

“We think what the town has done regarding the hotel project is illegal,” said Mike Rose, one of the attorneys who filed the lawsuit.

A spokeswoman for the town said local officials have not seen the lawsuit and cannot talk about it.

Opponents have criticized the funding agreement as well as the size of the project. They also have expressed concern about traffic and the demolition of houses and trees at the proposed site.

The project was approved in July. The town entered a partnership with Applegate & Co. which includes provisions for the company to put $24 million into the project.

The events facility and the parking garage will be owned by the town, Applegate will own the rest of the project.

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