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Lawsuit against city of Albany dismissed

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A federal judge dismisses a lawsuit against the city of Albany filed by a developer who claimed the city violated his civil rights.

In 2009 Joseph Howard started planning to build a 2-million dollar neighborhood of duplexes and townhouses on Firestone Drive.

The City Commission rezoned the property to single family residential because of noise and traffic concerns.

Howard sued, saying the city destroyed his property's value.

Judge Louis Sands sided with the city.

Albany Assistant City Attorney Jenise Smith said  "Considering this was one of our civil rights cases, it's good to have this case closed. The Judge basically agreed with all of our contentions, that there were no civil rights violations."

Howard can appeal the ruling to a higher court within 30 days.

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