Boynton Beach City Commissioners said Tuesday night they want to save the historic high school from demolition, but tabled a decision on a proposal to do so until about August.
The commissioners had a choice to make: Begin negotiations with Rick Gonzalez’ for his plan of turning the 1927 building into a community cultural center; throw out Gonzalez’s plan; or table it.
Commissioners went with the latter because of an ongoing three-year lawsuit many thought would be over by now. The suit accuses the city of breach of contract after commissioners voted down Juan Contin’s plan to use private money to develop the school into an events and destination center.
Contin, through Boynton Old School Partnership LLC, has filed three amended complaints in the lawsuit. The court will decide in July if the latest complaint will be dismissed, and if it is, if the plaintiff can file another amended one. If the court doesn’t offer another chance, the lawsuit will be over. But the plaintiff could file an appeal, according to city documents. Contin is asking for money he would have made if the project had gone through.
In the meantime, the city still has to figure out if it has the millions of dollars Gonzalez is asking for to contribute to his plan. The city hasn’t looked into that yet because of the lawsuit, according to documents.
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