- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The state Court of Appeals is refereeing a zoning dispute between a movie theater developer and the city of Olive Branch.

Ambarish Keshani of Cinema Group Inc. argues in his lawsuit that the city’s blocking of his theater was illegal.

The Commercial Appeal reports (https://bit.ly/1sfr0KN) Olive Branch city attorney Bryan Dye told the court in oral arguments Wednesday that city officials were within their authority to deny the rezoning request that would have allowed the theater.

Keshani first went before the board of aldermen on Jan. 15, 2013, asking to rezone property so he could build a theater. Keshani also owns and operates other theaters in the Memphis area.

Aldermen ultimately denied the request.

A Desoto County judge upheld the city’s action last November.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com


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