SALT LAKE CITY — The owner of a gravel mine in Utah County has filed a lawsuit to stop a Saratoga Springs housing development deal that city officials sought to keep a new state prison from being built nearby.
Mine owner John D. Hadfield says the housing deal would put homes within 2,000 feet of his mine's operation.
The 480-acre plot of land is owned by Western States Ventures, a group of investors that includes Josh Romney, a Utah resident and son of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Western States Ventures' attorney Bruce Baird told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1cj4viX) that Hadfield is overreaching and the claims are without merit.
The land was originally spotted as a possible location for a new state prison but last year, Saratoga Springs signed a quick deal to instead begin a housing project there.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com