Common council president Derek Dieter tells Newsradio 960 WSBT the Family Dollar deal is moving forward.
Two weeks ago, "Americans United for the Separation of Church and State" sent the city Council a letter, threatening to sue over the controversial land purchase.
Last month, council approved the purchase of the Family Dollar store with plans to give the land up for a new St. Joe High School. The advocacy group says the plan violates the Constitution's separation of church and state.
But at least one legal analyst told us he doesn't think that's the case.
“The South Bend Common Council is not saying ‘oh, by the way, we want to get involved in planning the religion curriculum,’ all they’re saying is that the construction of this institution, this school, will be good for the city of South Bend,” said Professor Rick Garnett of Notre Dame’s Law School.