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Moot Suit: LP Ciminelli vs. Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

In this week’s “7 Days” column, I referred to a suit filed November 5 by LP Ciminelli accusing the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation of irregularities in the bidding process for the construction of an underground parking ramp on the old Aud site.

The lawsuit is being withdrawn: ECHDC voted on Monday to table plans for the parking ramp for the time being, and on Tuesday sent letters explaining that the entire project was being reconsidered and rejecting all bids to the contractors who’d bid on the ramp, including LP Ciminelli and the Pike Company of Rochester, the company whose bid come in lower than Ciminelli’s, but only after the bid was revised after the bidding deadline, according to the suit.

So, a clean slate for ECHDC. Still, I think the suit makes for an interesting read. There are, of course, two sides to every story, and ECHDC’s side would have come out in court. That won’t happen now—but you can still read Ciminelli’s version of events.