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Construction company files lien on stalled Washington Square Project

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Posted at 3:11 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 15:20:48-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A construction company is claiming Washington Square developers owe the company around $8.2 million for work on the stalled Loews hotel project.

Yates & Sons Construction is filing the lien a day after Fairmont Tallahassee LLC filed a lawsuit against the City of Tallahassee claiming a dispute over a parking garage easement.

The Washington Square Project plans to bring in an upscale Loews Hotel, parking garage, and more shops to the area. Construction started on the project in August of last year, but work came to a halt last month.

The dispute between Fairmont and the City of Tallahassee surrounds a "perpetual" easement located on land the city owns where the Eastside Garage sits.

Fairmont says the city agreed to lease out the first floor of the garage to the developers but then went back on their word to do so. The city, however, contends the term “perpetual” applies only to the existing garage, which was found a year after the agreement was signed to need critical structural repairs.

SRM Concrete, the development's concrete subcontractor, filed a lien in court last week. If approved by a judge, that would give the concrete company the right to this property until the debt is paid.

SRM is accusing Fairmont of not paying them almost $642,000. The company says it delivered more than $800,000 in materials between Feb. 22 and June 14, but was only paid about $160,000.

You can read the full lien by Yates & Sons Construction below.

Lien by Brandon Ingram on Scribd