Clinton library suit hits court today
The lawsuit keeping Little Rock from acquiring all the land it needs for the Clinton presidential library will be heard for the first time today when City Attorney Tom Carpenter and landowner Eugene Pfeifer III appear in Chancery Court.At 8:30 a.m., Pulaski County Chancellor Vann Smith will hear Pfeifer\'sattorney argue that the city can\'t condemn private land for the proposed library because it would not constitute a public park, as state law requires.
The attorney, Christopher O. Parker, will tell Smith that a recently passed city zoning ordinance prohibits a park from being built on the site. He will stress that the parcel isn\'t on the city\'s parks master plan and most public parks don\'t include condominiums for private use, like the one proposed for
President Clinton at the library. Then Smith will hear Carpenter defend Little Rock by arguing that the site is a park merely because officials call it one. The new zoning classification is temporary, he will say, and the future residence incidental.
Carpenter will also contend that since the grounds surrounding the library will serve as a park -- a public marina, park benches and a riverfront bike path are among the proposals -- the city is lawfully taking the land for just compensation.