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Stay ordered in sports complex proceedings

A St. Joseph County judge has ordered a stay related to proceedings of a proposed sports complex in the city of Three Rivers.

District Court Judge Jeff Middleton on Monday oversaw the hearing regarding the June 21 decision by the Michigan Boundary Commission.

The state agency ruled in favor of the city of Three Rivers and its right to annex a 77-acre parcel from Lockport Township. The city is vying to develop a 17-field, $4.1 million athletic complex on the property located on the north end of Three Rivers.

Lockport Township has appealed to the state’s supreme court the Boundary Commission’s decision.

Middleton explained the township has 42 days to file a brief. The city subsequently has six weeks to file a response. Finally, the township has 14 days from that point to file an answer.

Middleton set a hearing for Jan. 12.

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