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Construction company claims it was wrongfully fired from Fortis’ LICH project

ICS Builders is seeking at least $3.4M
August 30, 2018 05:01PM

Fortis Property Group’s Jonathan Landau and 350 Henry Street (Credit: Google Maps)

The general contractor working on the conversion of part of the Long Island College Hospital is suing Fortis Property Group, claiming it was wrongfully fired this month.

ICS Builders filed a lawsuit against Fortis, alleging that the firm terminated it from 350 Henry Street in Cobble Hill without cause, Crain’s reported. The construction company also claims that Fortis is trying to cash in on a performance bond — a guarantee that a contractor will complete a project — which would hurt the contractor’s reputation and credit rating, according to the lawsuit.

While Fortis claims that ICS didn’t stick to the construction schedule and failed to provide enough skilled workers for the site, ICS blames the developer, the project’s architect, BKSK, and various subcontractors for deficient plans and unforeseen site conditions.

ICS is seeking at least $3.4 million from Fortis and is asking the judge to block the developer from kicking it off the site.

Fortis purchased the LICH site in 2015 for $240 million. The developer is converting the landmarked Polhemus Building at 350 Henry Street, also known as 100 Amity Street, into a 17-unit condo building. It has a projected sellout of $67.4 million[Crain’s] Kathryn Brenzel