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Correction Appended

After months of negotiations with UC Berkeley officials, the Panoramic Hill Association has reached an out-of-court settlement agreement with the campus, receiving some concessions in regards to its initial complaints surrounding the Memorial Stadium renovation.

In a notification released by the Alameda County Superior Court late Monday afternoon, the association voluntarily dismissed its appeal regarding a 2006 lawsuit against the UC Board of Regents, which dealt with questions about the structural safety of the stadium renovation as well as the Student Athlete High-Performance Center currently under construction alongside the stadium.

"We have been working on a joint statement, so there shouldn't be any animosity there," said Michael Kelly, president of the association.

As part of the settlement agreement, the campus agreed not to allow any amplified music events or any professional sporting events in the stadium, according to Janice Thomas, vice president of UC relations for the association. Further details of the settlement agreement have yet to be released.

"I think that once the community understands in great detail the settlement agreement, they will realize the agreement has been beneficial to the greater community, not just to the Panoramic Hills neighborhood," she said.

Campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof declined to comment on the settlement, saying it has still not been cleared by campus legal counsel.

Correction: Tuesday, April 6, 2010
An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of the Panoramic Hill Association.

The Daily Californian regrets the error.

Contact Katie Nelson at [email protected]

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