9:30 Club sues over Live Nation deal
The owner of the District’s 9:30 club is suing to prevent the state of Maryland from issuing $4 million in bonds to build a Live Nation venue in downtown Silver Spring, saying government officials are hiding the project’s real costs.
Live Nation, a major force in the music business with artists such as U2, Madonna and the Eagles, plans to hold rock-style concerts for about 2,000 standing patrons at the Colesville Road venue. Ground is expected to be broken later this year.
The lawsuit against the state, filed this week in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court by IMP Inc., and co-owner Seth Hurwitz challenges the deal, which also includes $4 million in bonds from Montgomery County to help pay for the building. The suit says state officials would be breaking the law if they float the bonds, claiming that Montgomery has provided only “skimpy” information about the project’s true costs.
-- Miranda Spivack
Washington Post editors
| June 17, 2010; 4:48 PM ET
Categories: Maryland | Tags: 9:30 club, Silver Spring Maryland, concert, live nation
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