CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A lawsuit involving one of Charlottesville’s Confederate statues will move forward.

A Charlottesville Circuit Court judge has issued a ruling concerning the statue lawsuit following a hearing earlier this month.

The lawsuit was filed by two organizations that had bid to get the statue of Robert E. Lee, which was given to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.

The center has plans to melt the statue down and use the metal to create a new piece of artwork.

The judge has ruled that the plaintiffs, the Trevilian Station Battlefield Foundation and the Ratcliffe Foundation, did have the standing needed to file the lawsuit.

He also ruled that the city was wrong when it claimed its solicitation for offers and removal was not a request for services.

For now, the JSAAHC retains possession of the statue.

The ruling from the judge is below: