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State Supreme Court passes on case challenging Views on Fifth development in Olympia

The state Supreme Court has sent a case challenging a controversial building project on Olympia’s isthmus to a lower court.

Construction is well underway at Views on Fifth, which looks to turn a long-vacant tower overlooking Capitol Lake into a mixed-use development with apartments, retail and restaurant space.

A group including former Washington governors, a former secretary of state, a former state senator and former Olympia mayor is seeking to stop the project. It filed suit against the developer and the city of Olympia, which approved the project, arguing a renovation of the tower should be subject to a 35-foot height restriction the city passed after it was built.

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