DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Beaverdale group has filed a civil lawsuit against the Des Moines school board because of the board's decision last week to sell the property where Rice Elementary School once stood.
The board voted to sell the four-acre plot at Beaver Avenue and Adams Avenue to Rice Development Partners, which plans to build townhomes and commercial buildings. The land has been used as a soccer field since the school building was torn down.
The group "Save the Green" filed suit Thursday in Polk County District Court saying there was improper notice given of the meeting where the vote was taken to sell the land. The board first voted to sell the land after a public hearing on October 19th. It was later learned that one newspaper notice gave the wrong address for the meeting. So last week, the school board held a new public hearing and again voted to sell the property.
School board president Marc Ward said the lawsuit is groundless and meritless.
Some neighbors near the Rice property oppose the development and say they'd like to preserve the open space.