Sue to Enforce
No Lights at T.C. Williams H.S.
Homeowners living next to T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria filed a three-count complaint in the Circuit Court for Alexandria City today seeking enforcement of a contractual commitment made by the City that permanent lights would not be installed at the football stadium.
The homeowners are represented by Lars Liebeler PC and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
The City of Alexandria made the no-lights promise as a part of a deal to acquire the land upon which the high school was built in the early 1960s. Landowners agreed to convey title to their homes to make way for the building of T.C. Williams High School. In return, the City set aside a parcel of land adjacent to the School, built 29 new homes for the displaced residents, and agreed that permanent lights would not be installed at the stadium, which directly abuts the homes.
When T.C. Williams High School was rebuilt and enlarged in 2004-07, the City renewed its original commitment to the residents and again agreed that no lights would be installed at the football stadium.
Despite the long-running contractual commitment to no-lights, the Alexandria City School Board submitted a formal request in May 2018 seeking a zoning variance from the Alexandria Department of Planning and Zoning to upgrade the football stadium and install 87-foot light towers to illuminate the stadium.
Legal counsel for the homeowners sought to meet with the School Board after the City’s lighting plans were announced; the School Board refused to discuss the matter.
The lawsuit requests that the Circuit Court declare the validity of the contracts which include the no-lights provisions, and also seeks to enjoin any action by the School Board and City in furtherance of the installation of stadium lighting at T.C. Williams.
The suit also seeks legal fees and costs from the City.
The full text of the Complaint filed in the Alexandria City Circuit Court is available here.
For more information:
Lars H. Liebeler