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Second company say Quincy developer Street-Works didn't pay bills

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  September 25, 2013 03:27 PM

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Another vendor has come forward from the Quincy Center project with allegations that it, too, was never paid by developer Street-Works LLC.

Jeff Grantz of Dorchester-based Materials & Methods said he has long abandoned seeking the more than $10,000 owed to him by Street-Works for marketing work he did for the Quincy Center project.

“It wasn’t an amount I was willing to expend additional energy towards,” said Grantz, who declined to specify the exact bill. “It wasn’t enough to gain from it. It’s a small world and everything is interconnected. You move on and focus on positive things going.”

The allegations come less than a month after a lawsuit was filed by Virginia-based Gold Dog Communications, alleging that the lead developer of the Quincy Center project had never paid the company for its marketing work.

Street-Works co-founder Richard Heapes characterized the disputes as hurdles expected in any retail development.

“Listen, we’re doing a million and a half square feet [of development] over a 10-15 year period, there will be times [with] a tenant or landlord or consultant where we’re in disagreement with them about various things,” Heapes said, saying that he expects the disputes to be cleared up soon.

For Grantz, the issues stemmed from work started nearly two years ago. Grantz said he previously worked with Street-Works without issue, and was excited to start work on the Quincy Center project due to his local ties.

Despite conducting timelines and plans and asking for feedback as the company neared completing the project, Grantz said he was only paid for half of the full scope of work.

“At some point, they felt or postured they weren’t getting what they needed and cut off conversation to make it impossible to complete or continue with the work,” Grantz said. “It was abandoned. We were forced as well to not be able to provide the final deliverable though we were days away from it being due.”

As legal costs would be comparable to the bill, Grantz said his company “picked up” and left the balance behind.

“I couldn’t be forced to work with them again,” he said.

Gold Dog's allegations also involve marketing work. In a complaint issued early this month, the company said it is owed over $100,000 for work done throughout 2012, including marketing strategies and social media work.

Attorney Jocelyn Sedney, representing Gold Dog Communications, also said videos her client produced are still being used on the Quincy Time website.

Heapes said both complaints stem from the same project, and that production was stopped and final payment never made because Street-Works was unhappy with the product.

“It’s all part of the same thing -- he didn’t perform, I gave him the chance, he didn’t, and I don’t want to pay for that,” Heapes said.

Heapes went on to add that the allegations were merely an attempt to get more money out of the company.

If residents are questioning the financial stability of the project, Heapes said that within the last few weeks, Street-Works has raised almost $10 million to make changes to Merchant’s Row, the first phase of the redevelopment.

Heapes also noted that the financial stability is bolstered by several partners who had invested capital.

“It’s real estate, it’s not bean bag,” he said.

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