7 subcontractors file liens against Parkstone project

Seven subcontractors are claiming that they haven't been paid for work on the Parkstone at College Hill luxury condominium development.

They have filed mechanics liens on the project totaling $267,326, according to Sedgwick County District Court records.

The nine Parkstone units northeast of Douglas and Hillside are completed but remain unsold. The high-profile development was the site of Symphony Showhouse in June.

"It's not the subs' responsibility to carry the owner through the project," said Mike Brand, owner of Brand Plumbing. "We are not in the banking industry."

General contractor Key Construction hasn't filed a lien against the project but has filed a notice that it may do so.

However, Parkstone developer Mike Loveland said Wednesday that he didn't know anything about Key's filing and that the liens are an issue between Key and its subcontractors.

"I'm not a party to that," he said.

Loveland said his financing is fine and that the liens are not a sign that the project has run into financial difficulties. He said he has contracts on three of the condominium units and is trying to close the sales.

"We have great faith in Mike Loveland, and we are confident that we and our subcontractors will receive full payment," said Pat Ayars, vice president of Key Construction.

The condominiums are the first phase of a much larger project, planned for $70 million to $80 million.

The centerpiece was to be a 15-story condominium tower but would also include more condo, office and retail buildings.

In 2007, the city approved giving Loveland nearly $6 million in tax increment financing bonds to buy the land and prepare the site for construction. The bonds were to be repaid from the increased property taxes generated by the project.

Typically, that gives the city first claim on the project's assets should it go into default.

The subcontractors reached Wednesday said they were frustrated. They said things were just fine until September, when the payments stopped. Work is just now being finished.

It's an especially bad time to lose out on tens of thousands of dollars, they said.

"The economy is just really hurting everybody," said Ed Frederick, owner of Buckley Roofing. "But I would like him to finish up this project before he moves on to another."

Loveland is involved in a proposed commercial development for the Echo Hills Golf Course.

Those making claims are:

Loper C-I Electric, $59,139; Brand Plumbing, $48,617; RBP, $44,121; Quality Granite and Marble, $17,746; Jim Gearhart Homes, $15,999; CMW Inc., $26,845; and Buckley Roofing, $54,859.