More trouble at Hurricane Irma-ravaged Civic Towers: Subcontractors file $1.6M in construction liens

Redwood Housing Partners obtained $87.5M in revenue bonds from the Miami-Dade Housing Finance Authority and $42.9M in tax credits to fund renovations

TRD MIAMI /
Oct.October 02, 2017 01:15 PM

Civic Towers

The owner of Civic Towers, a pair of Section 8 buildings in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood, allegedly has not paid $1.6 million to six subcontractors, according to liens filed against the properties.

The liens, recorded between June and August, are the latest signs of trouble for Redwood Housing Partners of Burlingame, California, which bought the twin mid-rise towers in February for $45 million. The company’s managing directors Ray Fuson and Jeffrey Green responded through spokesperson Ray Casas. “It is inappropriate to comment at this time because of open issues involving contractors and subcontractors,” Casas said.

In order to complete the purchase and fund a $39 million renovation of the buildings, Redwood obtained $87.5 million in revenue bonds from the Miami-Dade Housing Finance Authority and $42.9 million in tax credits, according the company’s applications for public financing. The documents also state Redwood would receive a $15.4 million developer’s fee.

Redwood had relocated about 130 tenants to nearby hotels shortly after work began, but another 80 remained in the buildings — living inside apartments as construction crews worked on the uninhabited units. Controversy has swirled around Civic Towers since August when work stopped after Miami’s building department put a hold on the project’s master permit.

The Miami Herald reported substantial delays were related to misrepresentations made by the project’s general contractor about the value and scope of the project, as well as a dispute with an unnamed subcontractor.

And just days before Hurricane Irma hit South Florida, the building’s remaining 80 tenants had to be evacuated. Following the storm, Miami Building Official Maurice Pons determined the towers could not be inhabited until all the renovation work was completed. An independent inspection found that apartment walls had suffered extensive water and mold damage that may have been caused by the hurricane.

Eleven days ago, the city of Miami filed for an emergency injunction against Redwood to force the company to allow residents to retrieve belongings from their apartments.

According to the liens, Redwood owes $1.2 million for wall panels furnished by Coastal Maintenance and Restoration and Coastal Pre-Fab, two companies that share the same Naples address; $131,835 for installation work provided by another Naples firm, Ford Drywall and Stucco; $11,302 to Margate-based GL Staffing Services for providing temporary labor; and a combined $190,760 to Orlando-based Kobrin Builders Supply and Tampa-based FBM Galaxy for building supplies.

Representatives for the six companies did not respond to requests for comment.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Rendering of the project, Richard Paul Richman, Deme Mekras and Elliot Shainberg

Richman plans senior housing on Allapattah Opportunity Zone property

Richman plans senior housing on Allapattah Opportunity Zone property
From left: 1900 Collins Avenue (Top), 229 19th Street, 1925 Liberty Avenue and 227 19th Street (Credit: Google Maps)

Contractor alleges unpaid work at Lennox Miami Beach hotel, amid legal battle between father-in-law and son-in-law

Contractor alleges unpaid work at Lennox Miami Beach hotel, amid legal battle between father-in-law and son-in-law
WeWork Lincoln Road with Sandeep Mathrani (Google Maps, WeWork)

WeWork’s Lincoln Road landlord seeks $20M in unpaid rent

WeWork’s Lincoln Road landlord seeks $20M in unpaid rent
Nine Island Avenue (Google Maps)

Construction firm alleges Venetian Islands condo association skipped out on $720K

Construction firm alleges Venetian Islands condo association skipped out on $720K
5350 Park with Armando Codina and Ana-Marie Codina

Codina Partners affiliate allegedly owes $3.6M for Downtown Doral condo construction: lawsuit

Codina Partners affiliate allegedly owes $3.6M for Downtown Doral condo construction: lawsuit
Lennar's Stuart Miller

Homestead homeowners association sues Lennar, alleges shoddy construction

Homestead homeowners association sues Lennar, alleges shoddy construction
Stephen Ross and a rendering of Rosemary Square (Getty, Related)

Security firm sues Related Cos. affiliate, alleging unpaid services at Rosemary Square

Security firm sues Related Cos. affiliate, alleging unpaid services at Rosemary Square
Shelborne South Beach

Shelborne South Beach unit owners lose appeal contesting $30M in assessments

Shelborne South Beach unit owners lose appeal contesting $30M in assessments
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...