UNION CITY - For the past three years, a Union City high school has opened its doors to hundreds of students without ever obtaining the required safety inspections.

The Union City Academy for Enrichment and Advancement is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the city against the developer and banks involved in its construction.

The lawsuit alleges that required safety inspections were never completed, no certificate of occupancy was ever granted, and the temporary certificate used to open the building expired more than two years ago.

A spokesman for Union City says many of the required inspections have been completed since the filing of that lawsuit in July.

The spokesman explains that students were allowed into the building because there was no place to relocate 400 students.