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A few months ago, we took a peek into the preparations for the Armenian Genocide Museum, slated to occupy the long-vacant National Bank building at 14th and G Street downtown. At the time, the curatorial staff was operating in suspended animation, pulling everything together while a nasty lawsuit between the museum’s funders waged in the courts, and the building fell some $350,000 behind in property taxes.
Well, the legal wrangling was finally laid to rest last week, and you can understand why it took a while: U.S. District Court judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly‘s decision runs 190 pages, and narrates the fight with considerable flair, for a legal opinion. It would be hard not to, with characters like homebuilder Hirair Hovnanian, Global Gold Corporation CEO Van Krikorian, an ownership entity called TomKat Limited Partnership, and clashing visions of how to commemorate the killing of more than one million Armenians.
But it’s still far from smooth sailing for the expensive enterprise. Though the property has been returned to Gerard Cafesjian, McClatchy reports that the long fight has exasperated the diaspora of Armenian multimillionaires still needed to fund the project, and they’ll need to come up with a new consensus plan for moving forward—so expect that corner to remain dark for a while longer.