GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - On the heels of the state Attorney General filing fraud chargesagainst an investor in the Hangar42 movie studio, 11 contractors are suingthe developers of the project for not paying them.
An attorney for the contractors told Target 8 investigators a lawsuit will be filedThursday in Kent County Circuit Court against developer Jack Buchanan Jr. and the company he formed withhis father, Alpinist Endeavors.
That company bought the old factory on Alpine in Walker andturned it into business condos and the movie studio. The fraudcharges are leveled against Joe Peters, who allegedly was trying to bilk thestate out of tens of millions of dollars in tax credits.
Now, the contractors' lawsuit claims they weren't paid forrenovating the old building.
"The same thing that I've asked all along is to be paid for thework that we've done. To be paid for it," contractor John Beck told Target 8. "And all ofthe contractors have to continue to operate. So we've all had topay our suppliers off otherwise we're going to get cut off andagain we have to operate."
Beck said he's waited eight months to be paid. Others, he said,have waited a year.
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