Lawsuit alleges developers for Fox River Grove apartment complex have not paid contractors

  • A man walks past the foundation walls of a five-story, 100-unit apartment building in downtown Fox River Grove on May 2. Work has stopped on the building until the village signs off on the final plans and issues permits.

    A man walks past the foundation walls of a five-story, 100-unit apartment building in downtown Fox River Grove on May 2. Work has stopped on the building until the village signs off on the final plans and issues permits. Gregory Shaver/Shaw Local News Network

 
By Aaron Dorman
Shaw Local News Network
Updated 5/19/2022 6:22 PM

The contractor that built the concrete foundation for a new apartment complex in Fox River Grove, whose further construction has been on hold for permitting reasons, accused the developer of never paying for the work.

Spancrete of Illinois filed a complaint late last month in McHenry County court seeking the foreclosure of a mechanics lien against Grove Residences LLC and other relief. The complaint alleges the developer owes $1.5 million for work done over the fall and winter to build the two-story foundation along Algonquin Road.

 

Grove Residences has yet to pay the company anything, according to the complaint.

Kirk Rustman, a representative for the developer, declined to comment on the case or the company's financial situation but said the company was proceeding as planned with the development and getting the necessary village permits.

"We are working on it, just like we were before," Rustman said. "Nothing has really changed. We are working getting permits to go forward and pay everybody."

Work on the apartment complex at 401 Algonquin Road near Route 14 has been stopped for months, with only the concrete frames of the first two floors and the underground parking lot constructed.

Developers have proposed building a five-story, 100-unit apartment complex.

Village officials have been working through the permitting process with the developer and first learned of the lawsuit Wednesday morning via a social media post, Village Administrator Derek Soderholm said.

by signing up you agree to our terms of service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Whether or when the contractor might get paid had no bearing on the village's ability to issue permits, Soderholm said, adding that issues between private companies and developers are not uncommon.

"The village is still working towards a successful project here being constructed to completion," Soderholm said.

Spancrete is requesting the court step in to ensure it gets the money it says it is owed, according to the lawsuit. A hearing date is scheduled for July 26, court records show.

0 Comments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Article Comments
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.