Andrea Dearden Nov. 19, 2012, 8:53am

The Granite City Housing Authority is accused of not paying a construction company for work done on a housing development.
Poettker Construction Company filed a lawsuit Nov. 7 in Madison County Circuit Court against Granite City Housing Authority.

Poettker and GCHA agreed on a contract in September 2010, according to the complaint, for Poettker to be the general contractor on a housing project known as the Granite City Commons, Phase IV. The original contract price was nearly $7 million, says Poettker, but was later adjusted to be almost $7.2 million.

Poettker says it began construction on the 43 "green housing units" in October 2010 and completed its work in August of this year. Poettker claims the housing authority accepted the completion of the project, with only a few minor items withstanding, and began renting out the units that month.

The construction company claims GCHA required it to complete various items of extra work, items it says were beyond the scope of the original contract. Poettker alleges GCHA has not paid more than $210,000 for that extra work, which included installing soffits, paver edge stops and insulation blocking.

Poettker is suing the GCHA for breach of contract and asks to be awarded the more than $210,000 it says it is owed plus 1% per month interest and court fees.

The construction company is represented by attorney David A Dick of St. Louis.

Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 12-L-1818

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