Alameda County is appealing a court ruling that it owes $1.7 million to a Castro Valley self-storage company.

Lockaway Storage sued the county in 2003 after it was not allowed to build a boat and recreational vehicle storage facility at 8555 Dublin Canyon Road between Castro Valley and Dublin.

The state First District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of Lockaway in May, and supervisors voted earlier this month to appeal to the state Supreme Court, said Brian Washington of the county counsel's office.

The company received a county permit to construct the building in 1999. However, the permit was for three years, and Lockaway did not begin work on the site until after the three years had passed, Washington said. When Lockaway tried to renew the permit, the county said the storage facility was no longer allowed because of Measure D, which voters approved in 2000 to limit development.

A Superior Court ruled in 2005 that Lockaway could indeed build the self-storage facility. Lockaway then sued the county for damages from 2003 to 2005, the time it was not allowed to build the site. That's the issue headed to the state's high court, Washington said.



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