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Neighbors win round in Ormond Park fight

Ingham County Circuit Judge James Jamo ruled Tuesday against the city of Lansing’s request for a directed verdict to end a citizens’ lawsuit over a proposed entryway planned through Ormond Park.

Instead, Jamo ruled that the city must make its case before he can determine whether to continue the order preventing the city from continuing construction. No date has been set for when the parties will be back in court.

The entryway would serve Groesbeck Golf Course. Friends of Ormond Park sued in July to stop the project, claiming it would irreparably harm the environment and the unique geographical features of the eight-acre neighborhood park.

Jamo issued a temporary restraining order. City lawyers are trying to convince Jamo the proposed project does not harm the environment and is necessary. In late July, after two days of testimony from the Friends of Ormond Park, a deputy city attorney, Joseph Abood, asked the judge to rule that a case had not been proven.


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