CASCADE - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Cascade property owners over the pending sale of the former Fort Ritchie U.S. Army base to a Columbia, Md. developer.
Jim Lemon and Robin Biser filed the suit in May 2005 against the Army, PenMar Development Corp. and Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) of Columbia, Md.
Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled Aug. 25 that Lemon and Biser lacked standing to bring the suit.
Biser said Thursday she would like to appeal the decision. She said the judge ruled on standing, not the merits of the case, and that she and Lemon are discussing their options.
"It wasn't a shock, really," Biser said. "But it's not over 'til the fat lady sings."
Lemon and Biser sued in the hope of averting "environmental damage and loss of valuable historic buildings that (they) contend will occur if the planned development of the base land proceeds," according to Lamberth's ruling.