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Jets, Giants sued by mall developer for hampering construction efforts

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The developers of a proposed mall at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey are fighting back against the New York Jets and New York Giants after the teams combined to file an injunction to halt construction of the facility.

According to John Brennan of the Bergen Record, Triple Five, the developer of the project, sued the Jets and Giants in New Jersey Superior Court on Tuesday. The suit comes after the teams filed an injunction to keep the project from progressing. Construction on the facility has been delayed since 2009. However, Triple Five has attempted to revive the project before meeting opposition from the teams.

They are now seeking damages in the case due to “an ongoing campaign to delay, thwart, and ultimately prevent this project from ever opening.”

The Jets and Giants complaint centers around a clause in their agreement with the complex that gives them veto power over changes to the site that could affect the game-day experience. Despite Bergen County laws that prohibit most retail shopping on Sundays, the teams are worried about the impact the site will have on game days.

Meanwhile, Triple Five believes the teams are short-sighted for putting their 20 home dates a year over the job opportunities the businesses would create.

“We are excited with the project’s recent progress and our vision in completing a world-class entertainment and retail destination,” said American Dream President Paul Ghermezian, in a statement. “We have exhausted our patience and tolerance for the interference and feel that we have to take an affirmative step in protecting our and the public’s interests.”

The suit also called for the lawsuit from the teams to be dismissed. They also stated their intention to break ground on the continuation of the project in August. The teams also stated their continued resolve to fight the project.

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11 Responses to “Jets, Giants sued by mall developer for hampering construction efforts”
  1. winninitall says: Jul 10, 2013 12:17 AM

    As much as I would like to see this open; route 3 is a disaster 70% of the time and with this place opening route 3 will just be jammed all the time which is enough for me to enjoy the lengthy delays.

  2. edithpiaf51 says: Jul 10, 2013 12:18 AM

    Just what one needs, another shopping mall LOL

  3. granadafan says: Jul 10, 2013 12:20 AM

    More irrational arrogance from a supposed “non-profit” organization.

  4. bookofelisha10 says: Jul 10, 2013 1:19 AM

    does that mean when they settle the money will go to the tax payers?

  5. greymares says: Jul 10, 2013 7:33 AM

    Why should New York named teams be allowed to stop any progress in New Jersey. Build the stadium in New York where it belongs. I can’t wait to watch the Super Bowl fiasco, I live 55 mi away and wouldn’t go anywhere near that place that week if everything was free. In fact I think I might plan a vacation for that time so I can get farther away.

  6. jimmyt says: Jul 10, 2013 7:52 AM

    The Jets and Giants are way off on this one and ought to get out of the way of progress. The NFL should not be the only business to make money.

  7. exboomer says: Jul 10, 2013 7:54 AM

    Bergen County still has blue laws? They know this is the 21st century not the 19th century right???

  8. paesan98 says: Jul 10, 2013 3:32 PM

    If the developer gave the teams veto power over future development, that’s the developer’s problem. Want a solution? Agree to close the mall on any day either of the teams have a game.

  9. justintuckrule says: Jul 10, 2013 8:48 PM

    paesan98 says:
    Jul 10, 2013 3:32 PM
    If the developer gave the teams veto power over future development, that’s the developer’s problem. Want a solution? Agree to close the mall on any day either of the teams have a game.
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    The mall would never agree. The best shopping days of the year for malls are fall weekends and weekends before Christmas. Just about every weekend from Sept to Jan hosts a game. Nothing would make the mall happier than an all out clusterf on game days. When traffic stops dead and nobody can move sideways, people will shop until it lightens up. That whole mess is an epic catastrophe.

  10. berger912 says: Jul 11, 2013 4:46 AM

    If this mall would be with in walking distance to the stadium it has nothing to do with traffic, or ruining the football experience in any way. Its about parking! The Jets and Giants charge and make a fortune in parking, but if there was a mall with free parking within walking distance (granted everyones walking distance might be different) the teams stand to lose thousands of dollars in parking fees. The NFL is trying to make Thursday’s like Monday’s a football night which if the Jets or Giants played on those nights the malls traffic would impact the area, but again its about revenue. Instead of buying over priced consessions at the stadium, fans can go to the mall before the evening games and enjoy a moderately priced meal just before the game. Its about money and nothing else.

  11. dbookatay says: Jul 11, 2013 4:20 PM

    greymares says:
    Jul 10, 2013 7:33 AM
    Why should New York named teams be allowed to stop any progress in New Jersey. Build the stadium in New York where it belongs. I can’t wait to watch the Super Bowl fiasco, I live 55 mi away and wouldn’t go anywhere near that place that week if everything was free. In fact I think I might plan a vacation for that time so I can get farther away.

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    We tried, stupid James Dolan prevented that one from happening!

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