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Contractor says Street-Works did not pay bill for Quincy project

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  September 4, 2013 02:39 PM

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A marketing firm hired to assist Street-Works LLC in Quincy’s downtown redevelopment has sued the lead developer, alleging that the company breached the contract and has not paid the firm for its work.

According to the complaint, filed at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in Norfolk County Superior Court, Virginia-based Gold Dog Comunications has requested that a sum of money plus interests and attorney fees be paid for breach of contract, and has requested a trial by jury to determine the settlement.

Attorneys for Gold Dog said the bill is over $100,000.

“On a number of occasions since 2010, Street-Works has assured Gold Dog that it would be paid in full for all services rendered but has failed to do so,” the complaint states. “[Hancock Adams Associates] through its managing partner from Street-Works, [Ken] Narva, has reneged on settlement promises simply in an attempt to conserve assets to pay those contractors it chooses to pay and to acquire additional properties.”

Lucy Wildrick, a partner at Street-Works, said, "Basically we don’t comment on pending litigation, but there are two sides to the story, and it will play out in the court of law.”

According to the complaint, Gold Dog was hired around August 2010 after several meetings with Street-Works to help develop a marketing strategy for the New Quincy Center.

The firm had already helped Street-Works pick a public relations firm, McDermott Ventures, by the time the company was hired, and in January 2011, the company says Street-Works saw a budget and agreed to the proposed numbers, the complaint says.

“Between January and October 2011, Gold Dog, Street-Works and McDermott Ventures met monthly for a period of approximately two days each month in Quincy,” the complaint states.

Though no issues were raised about the quality of work, invoices put in to Street-Works were only partially paid, the complaint says.

“Gold Dog accepted these lump sum payments as a measure of good faith,” the complaint says.

Work continued and subsequent plans were developed, the complaint states, with Street-Works agreeing to additional quotes for work.

In October 2011, Gold Dog presented Street-Works with a summary of the outstanding balance owed, yet was told that Street-Works had no money because an expected deal had fallen through.

“On or around January 17, 2012, Street-Works and Gold Dog agreed that Gold Dog would handle the social media associated with the Quincy Center Project and Street-Works agreed to pay $3,500 per month for the first quarter of 2012,” the complaint says. “Street-Works continued to be delinquent in payments and the outstanding balance owed Gold Dog continued to accrue.”

Though Street-Works promised the company that it would receive payment in the fall 2012, the deadline passed without paycheck.

The company alleges that they are still owed funding for services rendered, but has yet to receive payment.

Attorney Jocelyn Sedney, representing Gold Dog Communications, said that over the past year her client has tried to work out the differences with Street-Works.

"The work my client has done is still being used today. If you go to Quincy Time website and [view] the video, that’s her video. She has copyrighted and licensed all the work she's done and Quincy continues to use it," Sedney said. "There is still a continuing relationship. But since that time we’ve been trying to negotiate something with Street-Works to get something resolved. She independently did herself and reached out to us. We’ve reached the end of our rope."

Sedney said the fact that Street-Works continues to acquire property is also disconcerting, when they have sent Gold Dog emails communicating that they cannot pay for the work.

"I find it really concerning that they cannot pay this bill that is minuscule in the range of numbers we’re talking about," Sedney said.

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