Annapolis Settles Suit With Police Building Contractor For $5 Million

April 19, 2009|By Tyeesha Dixon

The City of Annapolis is to receive a nearly $5 million settlement from a construction contractor hired to renovate the police department building.

Bladensburg-based J.G. Garcete Co. Inc. and its bonding company are to pay the city $3.95 million in cash, as well as a $980,000 balance which the city has already received, the city announced Monday.

The city fired the construction company, which was renovating the police department, in 2007, and has since entered into litigation to recover damages from what the mayor called "shoddy" work.

"It's unbelievable when you look at the work they tried to pass off to us," Mayor Ellen O. Moyer said.

Garcete and its bonding company have also given the city rights to claim damages from two Garcete subcontractors. The city says that much of the subcontractors' work has yet to be identified.

J.G. Garcete Co. Inc. had not returned a call for comment Thursday.

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