Report lists names in Garage Gate controversy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Report lists names in Garage Gate controversy

A report released by the Shelby County Attorney Monday names who should have known about compliance problems with the FedEx Forum Garage.

According to Shelby County's investigation, four men were the most knowledgeable.  Stan Meadows, Grizzlies attorney, Robert Spence, former City of Memphis attorney, John Hilkene, with PC Sports, a  national arena consultant who was  paid 3 million dollars, and Dave Bennett, the now deceased, former executive director of the Public Building Authority.

Giving a summary of his investigation to commissioners Monday morning, Shelby County attorney Brian Kuhn said emails, minutes from meetings and signatures on documents show the foursome knew  the city of Memphis and the Grizzlies were supposed to enter into a contract to provide public parking and a bus transfer station at the garage as required by the TDOT grant.

"I don't know if it fell through the cracks or was pushed through the cracks, I can't make an estimation on that,  it just didn't happen," Kuhn said.

PBA has long denied knowing about the compliance issues.  Robert Spence told me he was one of dozens of people aware of all aspects of project, not necessarily "top four".  Arena consultant John Hilkene also denies knowledge of compliance problem. We were unable to reach Stan Meadows.

The report also explores possible legal action against sports arena consultant PC Sports. Commissioners will meet to discuss the report Thursday at Noon.

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