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First look inside Leland's delayed town hall project

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For the first time, we're getting a look inside Leland's new town hall building which has been making headlines for months.(Source: WECT) For the first time, we're getting a look inside Leland's new town hall building which has been making headlines for months.(Source: WECT)
Town Manager David Hollis showed us the deficiencies in the facility which prompted town leaders to cut ties with the developer of the project. (Source: WECT) Town Manager David Hollis showed us the deficiencies in the facility which prompted town leaders to cut ties with the developer of the project. (Source: WECT)
Leland refused to pay the remaining $300,000 because the work was "inferior and behind schedule" which lead to the settlement agreement in July. (Source: WECT) Leland refused to pay the remaining $300,000 because the work was "inferior and behind schedule" which lead to the settlement agreement in July. (Source: WECT)
Uneven floors, crooked walls, and several other examples of inferior work are just a few of the problems that the town must address before moving offices into the new building. (Source: WECT) Uneven floors, crooked walls, and several other examples of inferior work are just a few of the problems that the town must address before moving offices into the new building. (Source: WECT)
LELAND, NC (WECT) -

For the first time, we're getting a look inside Leland's new town hall building which has been making headlines for months for all the wrong reasons.

Town Manager David Hollis showed the deficiencies in the facility which prompted town leaders to cut ties with the developer of the project.

Uneven floors, crooked walls, and several other examples of inferior work are just a few of the problems that the town must address before moving offices into the new building.

The Town of Leland gave the contractor for their new town hall project an ultimatum: if the building isn't complete by August 15, the contractor is off the job.

The contractor failed to meet those deadlines and is now out of a job.

The broken contract means that Paragon Builders of Wilmington will not get the final $50,000 agreed upon in the settlement with the town of Leland; however the contractor will retain the $180,000 already paid of the $230,000 total.

Paragon Builders was initially contracted to build the facility for approximately $8,400,000 with a deadline of January 1.  Numerous change orders increased the amount to $9.4 Million, but the Town only paid $9.1 million.

According to Hollis, Leland refused to pay the remaining $300,000 because the work was "inferior and behind schedule" which lead to the settlement agreement in July.

The project is more than eight months past deadline already, and Leland is losing an estimated $7,000 a month in rent and utility fees.

The town is now looking for someone else to finish the job and will likely bid out the repair work to another contractor in hopes of finally having the building finished by November.

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