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Contractor files lawsuit against Birmingham over West Precinct project

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The West Precinct construction site. Source: WBRC video The West Precinct construction site. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A lawsuit filed against the city of Birmingham sheds light on why construction at the West Police Precinct has stopped.

"We were just at a standstill," Christopher Woods said.

Woods is the President of C.W. Woods Contracting Services.

He claims during construction on the new Birmingham Police Department's West Precinct in 2012, there were a number of changes that needed to be made to the building and on the property. He says the changes and revisions to the site impacted construction.

"We couldn't go any further. We had completed everything we could do outside what the city revised," Woods said.

He says one of the main problems was surrounding the parking lot for patrol cars.

"We were told that the money was not available that had been allocated for the 120 parking spaces. We had no control over that," Woods said.

In the lawsuit filed against the city, Woods claims he waited for revised documents and drawings from the city addressing all the issues, which he says caused major delays.

Then in 2013, Woods received a notice from the city alleging his company breached its "contractual responsibilities."

Woods says the city claimed the company abandoned the project.

"That was not true at all. That was their cause of wrongfully terminating me. I stand today saying I would sit down at the table with the city, even now, and get this worked out," he said.

Woods claims the city still owes him money for work his company already performed on the site, which he says is 80 percent complete. He says the city owes him more than $477,000 for expenses related to the project.

Woods is also suing the city for money owed on other projects in the city, including the Fountain Heights Recreation Center.

FOX6 tried to get the other side to this story, but the Public Information Officer for Mayor William Bell says the city does not comment on pending litigation.

Woods' attorney tells FOX6 News the case will be heard in state court later this year.

The new precinct is in Birmingham Councilor Steven Hoyt's district. He says the lawsuit has nothing to do with the progress at the site and adds the city allocated an additional $250,000 in August to finish the project.

Hoyt says a new contractor is supposed to take over. He says he was told work would resume in January but that hasn't happened so far.

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