Sale barn owner drops lawsuit

NWAonline’s Skip Descant reports that Billy Joe Bartholomew, owner of the former Washington County Livestock Auction, has filed a motion to dismiss his lawsuit against the city of Fayetteville.

After years of operating the sale barn, Bartholomew sought to sell the property to Campus Crest LLC, a company that wanted to build student housing on the land. But, the deal was contingent on rezoning the property to Downtown General, which would allow for residential uses.

In a vote 4-3, aldermen rejected the proposed rezoning prompting Bartholomew to file a lawsuit.

With the possibility of a lengthy litigation process in store, Bartholomew says Campus Crest is no longer interested in the property.

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