May 19, 2022


Anything but ordinary

Miami developer sues Moriarty for $3M on delayed Boston high-rise

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Dive Quick:

  • A Miami developer is suing John Moriarty & Associates, a Winchester, Massachusetts-based mostly typical contractor, for failure to finish design of an apartment and retail constructing in Boston’s Seaport District on time. The developer, 399 Congress, has given that marketed the setting up.
  • The hold off resulted in around $4.9 million in dropped profits, according to the lawsuit submitted in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Superior Court docket on Oct. 7.
  • The developer is searching for recovery of $3 million in contractually specified liquidated damages, as properly as prices resulting from the contractor’s failure to timely complete the undertaking, according to the complaint.

Dive Insight:

Moriarty entered into a published agreement with 399 Congress, a restricted liability firm tied to Miami-centered developer Crescent Heights, in June 2017, to accomplish sure pre-development, design management and basic contracting services for the job at 399 Congress Avenue. The undertaking consisted of a 22-tale tower with 414 luxury rental units, retail and amenity space and 3 concentrations of parking.

The venture was at first scheduled to be done by November 2019, but all over August 2019, it became obvious that because of to delays, Moriarty would be not able to complete the task development on timetable, according to the grievance. The court docket document does not consist of aspects about what caused the delays and Moriarty declined to comment on the case.

As a final result, 399 Congress and Moriarty agreed on a new agenda that demanded the task to be comprehensive no later than January 2020 in advance of the prime leasing months for the summertime of 2020.

Nevertheless, Moriarty unsuccessful to finish the undertaking on time thanks to “incapacity to appropriately and timely complete its function,” alleges the grievance. As a final result, 399 Congress recommended possible tenants that the setting up and some amenities would not be total on go-in, which brought on various tenants to terminate their leases, according to the complaint.

The COVID-19 pandemic would then add improved funding prices, amplified personnel compensation, decline of major rental revenues, reduction of interest amount cost savings provisions in loan files and reputational damage, the grievance alleges. 

399 Congress no lengthier owns the undertaking. The developer sold the constructing to a corporation affiliated with New York financial investment organization KKR for $322 million in July, according to Suffolk County land documents.