Controversial city project scrutinized

Court to decide if conflicts existed in talks with developer

The daily paper carries an article revealing that the Phoenix City Council and their aides, including the mayor’s senior assistant, Bill Scheel, may have to testify regarding allegations that they engaged in improper interaction with the developer of a proposed $200 million W Hotel project.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Swann has ordered a trial to review conflicting accounts of developer, Suns Legacy Partners attempts to influence city leaders to build the project. The development group includes Suns owner Robert Sarver and former Suns owner Jerry Colangelo.

In a statement denying wrongdoing, Phoenix’ slickster Mayor Phil Gordon said, “There was no influence behind the scenes or any type of nefarious-type discussions. Everything was public.”

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