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Neighborhood Association Appeals Javanon Decision

The Tucker Station Neighborhood Association is appealing the Metro Board of Zoning's recent approval of the Javanon Soccer building.The building was mistakenly approved in 2007 and its retroactive approval was nullified by a county attorney this year after it was revealed that the zoning board had violated open meetings laws in the approval process. The board again approved the building this month, but neighborhood association attorney Steve Porter says that vote was dubious."All they did was have another meeting of the same group of people who had been tainted at a closed meeting and we were never able to find out what happened at the closed meeting and never able to cross-examine people or examine people about the information that was presented at that meeting," he says.Porter hopes to have a judge order the zoning board to vote on the building again, but without any of the members who were in the secret meeting. He says the building is an eyesore and would not have been approved by the board had it not already been built.

Gabe Bullard is the director of news and editorial strategy.