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Court documents: Mill site contractor faces foreclosure over unpaid work

Court documents: Mill site contractor faces foreclosure over unpaid work

YAKIMA, Wash.  --  After months of not being paid, a local construction company filed a lawsuit in Yakima County Superior Court over cleanup work at the Cascade Mill site, and is looking to have the property foreclosed upon to collect their cash.

In a copy of the lawsuit obtained by KIMA, Tri-Valley Construction claims it was never paid the $140,000 for abatement work at the site by contractor P&P Construction of Oregon, and subsequently placed a lien on the property.

According to the court papers, Tri-Valley moved to foreclose its claims of lien after eight months, as outlined by law.

"We put everything we had into this," said P&P Construction owner Joe DeLazerda. "And, I mean everything. So that's the reason we had to stop."

P&P Construction tells KIMA it lost money on the salvage project and had to slow the project down to ensure all materials of value were collected for profit.

But, Tri-Valley Construction still wants its money and isn't just going after P&P Construction; it's also suing the Cascade Mill site owners.

The legal action throws another wrench into what's already a slow process to develop the land.

"It is the city's biggest economic development priority right now, is to get the site ready for development," said Yakima Strategic Projects Manager Joan Davenport.

Action News called the property owners, but our calls weren't returned. However, we spoke with mill site developer Brad Hill who called the whole thing frustrating.

He says P&P Construction's financial problems hurt the cleanup work.

Yakima's strategic Projects Manager wouldn't comment on the lawsuit but said the city's work on the Mill Site hasn't slowed.

"The city's focus right now is on transportation and utility planning and environment clean-up," said Davenport.

To get all sides, KIMA reached out to Tri-Valley Construction, but the company's lawyer declined an interview.

The company's attorney did say the mill site's owners must be included in the lawsuit because it deals with a property lien.

Yakima says the lawsuit does not interfere with its 2013 action plan for the mill site.

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