ABATTLE BETWEEN the city and a real-estate developer who spruced up a city-owned lot in Point Breeze without permission got uglier Friday.
City officials held a news conference at the vacant lot, near 20th and Federal streets, to dispute claims from developer Ori Feibush that he had been ignored in repeated efforts to buy the lot, situated next to his new coffee shop. Feibush has landscaped the site, which he says was full of trash.
Ed Covington, who heads the Redevelopment Authority, said the city found no evidence of repeated efforts by Feibush to buy the lot. Covington said that an inquiry came through an attorney in May 2011, apparently on Feibush's behalf, and that the agency responded. But, he added, the city never heard from the attorney again.