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Legal woes bring Washington Square Project construction in downtown Tallahassee to halt

Posted at 6:12 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 18:12:13-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — If you've driven through downtown Tallahassee, you've likely seen and dealt with the construction site right behind the Leon County Courthouse.

The Washington Square Project is bringing in an upscale hotel, parking garage, and more shops to the area. You also may have noticed that the construction has stopped.

Developers for the Washington Square Project are dealing with some legal woes right now. Those legal troubles are why there aren't any workers hammering away.

SRM Concrete 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.

The concrete company is accusing Fairmont Tallahassee LLC 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.

Construction started on the project August of last year. The developers are planning to put a Loew's Hotel on site. The plan was to have it done by 2020.

We reached out to SRM Concrete and the developers of the Washington Square Project but neither got back to us.