Construction accused of defaulting on public projects

by Associated Press on March 17, 2019 at 10:43 am

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — A construction firm has been accused of defaulting on at least three uncompleted, taxpayer-funded projects in Ohio.

The Chillicothe Gazette reports Columbus-based Palmetto Construction last month quit multi-million-dollar projects including Ross County’s jail renovation and construction of a Hocking Hills State Park visitors center and a firehouse in Franklin County’s Truro Township.

Palmetto has been paid more than $1 million for the jail and fire station projects and nearly $3 million on the park project.

Ross county officials are waiting to see what a bond company does about the jail, while the other projects move ahead.

The newspaper reports problems also were encountered on a veterinarian simulation lab project at Ohio State and a Columbus city schools enrollment center renovation.

A phone mailbox at Palmetto’s headquarters isn’t accepting messages.

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Information from: Chillicothe Gazette, http://www.chillicothegazette.com