State AG’s office seeks OARC lawsuit dismissal

The state Attorney General’s office, on behalf of Gov. Tom Corbett and administration budget and economic development officials, is seeking to have a lawsuit filed against them by the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation tossed out of court.

OARC, the Northwest Philadelphia community development and social-service powerhouse founded by state Rep. Dwight Evans, sued the governor, state treasurer and several other officials on Dec. 31, alleging they improperly cancelled more than $7 million in grants awarded to the group.

In a motion filed Monday in U.S. District Court, chief deputy attorney general Barry N. Kramer responded to OARC’s suit by challenging the group’s ability to sue the state. It alleges that OARC had not followed proper procedures in seeking grants through the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program and Department of Economic and Community Development.

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