WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The owner of the recently renovated Hotel Ballast in downtown Wilmington has sued three companies connected to the ongoing Water Street construction project.
The complaint, filed Tuesday in federal court, claims a portion of the City of Wilmington's project to improve storm drainage along Water Street has had a detrimental effect on the hotel's operation. The suit specifically mentions the block between Princess and Chestnut streets, which was temporarily put on hold to help with construction of the River Place project.
Listed as defendants are River Place developer Water Street Ventures, which agreed to complete the construction of that portion of the project, East West Partners, the corporation developing River Place for Water Street Ventures, and Barnhill, the company serving as the construction manager for that portion of the project. The City of Wilmington is not listed as a defendant.
Since construction began in January one of the hotel's two main accesses to its parking lots has been blocked to guests and visitors, according to the suit. While construction was expected to be completed in April, delays have pushed the project's completion until mid-June.
The access is expected to remain closed until construction is completed.
"Plaintiff has lost revenue at the Hotel, including for parking, valet, and guests, because of the Construction, and Plaintiff has incurred other costs in an attempt to minimize the inconvenience to its guests caused by the Construction," the suit states. "Reviews of the Hotel posted on travel websites have described the area outside the Hotel as a 'warzone' and have detailed guests' dissatisfaction with the Construction around the Hotel."
The suit seeks a minimum of $75,000 to help recoup loses allegedly caused by the construction, as well as temporary access to the hotel's southern parking lot should construction not be completed by mid-June.