San Diego – June 4, 2014 – Cooley LLP announced today that it achieved a significant litigation victory on behalf of client Manchester Pacific Gateway, a San Diego-based developer.
Manchester is a party to a long-term lease with the Navy, and has plans to develop a billion dollar mixed-use project on the Navy Broadway Complex site at San Diego's waterfront. The project will include more than 3 million square feet of commercial office, a Navy administrative office, hotel, retail and restaurant space and more than 4.2 acres of open space.
After the Navy and Manchester entered into the lease, a group of local project opponents initiated several lawsuits challenging the project's environmental entitlements under the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and other federal, state and local laws. Cooley successfully represented Manchester in defeating these challenges.
The California Coastal Commission also challenged the project's entitlements and filed a lawsuit against Manchester and the Navy seeking supplemental review of the project under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act. On May 28, 2014, the U.S. District Court granted Manchester's and the Navy's motions for summary judgment and upheld the Navy's determination that supplemental review of the project is not required.
The Cooley team advising Manchester was led by partner Steve Strauss and included associates Summer Wynn and Catherine O'Connor.
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