The lawyer for a philanthropist who submitted a competing bid for the Boy Scouts’ Logan Square headquarters has sent a letter to the Nutter administration questioning whether the city can consider the $1.5 million offer, given that it has not completed a final sale agreement with the scouting group.
William Ewing, a lawyer for real-estate investor and philanthropist Mel Heifetz, asked City Solicitor Shelley Smith whether the city’s agreement to sell the building to the Scouts for $500,000 was final. The sale agreement also calls for the Scouts Cradle of Liberty Council to forgive about $960,000 in legal fees it is owed by the city. The fees stem from a federal lawsuit that the city lost after it moved to evict the Scouts over the group’s policy of excluding gay people.
“Does the Law Department take the position that the "agreement" was legally binding on the City when the City received Mr. Heifetz’s offer,” Ewing asked in the letter.
Smith said the agreement is binding, in part because discussions about it have involved federal judge Ronald Buckwalter, who is overseeing the case.