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UPDATE: Leland town hall contractor loses project

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Paragon Builders failed to meet the Aug. 15 deadline and are off the job. (Source: WECT) Paragon Builders failed to meet the Aug. 15 deadline and are off the job. (Source: WECT)
LELAND, NC (WECT) -

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 Town Manager David 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 in about a month.

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