GoodSports sued, but Huber Heights project not affected, city says

$22 million local project has stalled.

The lawsuit was filed earlier this month in a Manatee County, Fla. court, and it alleges that GoodSports has not paid ORG $39,742 for representative services for the work sites in Huber Heights and Chesterfield, Mo.

The city of Huber Heights is not named as a defendant. City officials said the lawsuit does not impact the GoodSports project on Executive Boulevard.

Huber Heights is still waiting to see if GoodSports will comply with a request for a $150,000 payment as an act of good faith since construction has not started on the project, which would be built west of Meijer near the Interstate 70 and Ohio 201 interchange.

According to the lawsuit, ORG provided services to GoodSports from Jan. 11 to Feb. 24, but the contract was terminated by GoodSports March 1. On March 18, ORG sent an invoice to GoodSports in the amount of $39,742.

Those services remain unpaid, “despite several demands for payment,” the lawsuit alleges.

Services included reviewing construction plans, budgets and schematic drawings; handling communications with vendors; and scheduling meetings for vendors to make presentations and bids on the work sites.

“Defendant appreciated the benefit described above but has refused to pay for such benefit,” the lawsuit says.

Anthony Homer, GoodSports vice president of development, declined to comment because it’s an “ongoing lawsuit.” He deferred all questions to GoodSports attorney Barbara Weller.

Weller did not return a message seeking comment. Donald W. Scarlett Jr., an attorney representing ORG, did not return a message and email seeking comment.

“Whatever GoodSports is doing with their own people, that’s with GoodSports at this point,” Huber Heights city attorney Alan Schaeffer said. “We have no involvement in it.”

Schaeffer declined to comment further.

GoodSports — a Florida company aiming to specialize in athlete-centric villages — announced in March 2013 its intentions to build a fieldhouse/hotel complex.

City Manager Rob Schommer said he plans to schedule talks with GoodSports officials this week.

“It’s a great opportunity for both of us,” Schommer said. “We’re still excited and hopeful that GoodSports will be able to deliver what it originally intended to do for the community and region. It’d be a great benefit.”

The construction trailer was removed from the site earlier this month because the company’s financing hasn’t been secured. The city also is considering marketing the land again.

Music center construction crews prepared the GoodSports building pad last fall, a cost of about $280,000.

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