Wood River company alleges contractor performed unsatisfactory work

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 29, 2019

EDWARDSVILLE —A Wood River company is suing a contractor for allegedly failing to complete the contracted work. 

Arsenal Alton Properties Inc., filed a complaint April 23 in Madison County Circuit Court against Ree Winston, doing business as Lafayette Construction or Lafayette Construction of St. Louis, alleging breach of contract and violation of the Illinois Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act.

According to the complaint, Arsenal Alton contracted Lafayette Construction to make a gut rehab of property at 3504 McKean in St. Louis. The total contract price was $210,563, the suit states. The plaintiff allegedly paid a down payment of $52,500 with the understanding the building would be restored to a single-family home.

The plaintiff claims it paid Lafayette Construction $204,293 over the next 23 months. The suit alleges the defendant would regularly ask for additional money for materials and payments for subcontractors but failed to use the money for the stated purposes.

Arsenal Alton claims it terminated the agreement with Lafayette Construction on Nov. 27, 2017, due to the defendant’s negligence. The plaintiff alleges it hired another team of contractors who had to correct the errors that the defendant had failed to remedy. 

The plaintiff claims it was caused to spend an additional $99,084.02 for the repairs to correct the defendant’s damages.

Arsenal Alton Properties seeks damages of $99,084.02, plus interest, attorney fees, court costs and punitive damages. It is represented by attorneys Richard W. Gibson and Walter C. Ozark of the Law Offices of Richard W. Gibson in Wood River.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 19-L-576

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