Builder: Town Hall delays a result of ‘poor management,’ not defects
LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The builder of the Town of Leland’s new $10 million town hall says the reason why town officials have not moved in is due to management issues, not what the town manager calls building defects.
On Tuesday, Town Manager David Hollis showed WWAY areas in the building that he said were sanitary and safety issues. Paragon Building Corporation built the new structure that was set to complete in late 2013. Today, the building still sits vacant, and Paragon’s Controller Ben Morman says that’s due to Hollis’ cosmetic issues with the structure.
“These are opinion issues,” Morman said. “They’re not real ‘keeping me out of this $10 million building issues.’ These are the same as, ‘I don’t like the color of the carpet I’ve picked.’ That’s the kind of issue the Town of Leland has with this building and it’s a disservice to the people of Leland.”
Hollis said they plan to get a new contractor by the end of the week, and Morman said that could mean they lose out on vital warranties with the structure’s HVAC system.