Me­chan­ics liens filed

Tides at Har­bour’s Edge own­ers fac­ing new ac­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY MILLICENT MCKAY

“I run my busi­ness on a hand­shake and if we pro­vide goods and ser­vices that are agreed upon, we de­serve to get paid. And that goes for all of the other com­pa­nies that pro­vided ser­vices.” Mike James

A num­ber of busi­nesses have filed a pe­ti­tion for bank­ruptcy against own­ers of the Tides at Har­bour’s Edge, an apart­ment com­plex in Sum­mer­side.

Among the sub-con­trac­tors seek­ing more than $1.2 mil­lion in out­stand­ing pay­ments are Mike James, owner and pres­i­dent of Spring Val­ley Build­ing Cen­tre Ltd.; G.B. Roof­ing Ltd. of New Brunswick; Green­foot En­ergy So­lu­tions Inc.; and Don and Son Plumbing and Heat­ing of New Brunswick.

The build­ing, lo­cated on the cor­ner of MacKen­zie Drive and Wa­ter Street in Sum­mer­side, is owned by a num­bered com­pany, 3287998 Nova Sco­tia Com­pany, and was be­ing built un­der con­trac­tors, Con­rok Devel­op­ment Ltd.

One of the own­ers is former NHL coach and hockey an­a­lyst Doug Ma­cLean.

“Our po­si­tion is that we con­tinue to await pay­ment on ac­counts that are now al­most a year old,” wrote John May­nard of Key Murray Law, the firm rep­re­sent­ing the pe­ti­tion ap­pli­cants, in a for­mal state­ment.

“There are lo­cal con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers who have not been paid large amounts of money and who re­lied on the in­tegrity of Doug Ma­cLean and the own­er­ship group in agree­ing to sup­ply ma­te­ri­als and to per­form work on the build­ing.”

James said Spring Val­ley Build­ing Cen­tre wants the is­sue to be re­solved.

“We’re a fam­ily-owned busi­ness. To have more than half a mil­lion dol­lars in out­stand­ing pay­ment is se­ri­ous for us. But right now, this is far from over.”

James said he con­tin­ued to ex­tend credit to the de­vel­op­ers be­cause, dur­ing con­struc­tion, un­ex­pected com­pli­ca­tions can arise and be­cause he was as­sured that pay­ment would be made.

“The orig­i­nal con­cept (of the apart­ment build­ing) was a great fo­cal point. This was sup­posed to be one of four. I’ll ad­mit that I chased it. It was some­thing we wanted to be a part of. We were very ea­ger about the op­por­tu­nity.”

James says he hasn’t seen a pay­ment in 16 months and is hop­ing the pe­ti­tion for bank­ruptcy will ex­pe­dite the process.

“I run my busi­ness on a hand­shake and if we pro­vide goods and ser­vices that are agreed upon, we de­serve to get paid. And that goes for all of the other com­pa­nies that pro­vided ser­vices.”

David Hoo­ley, who rep­re­sents the own­ers of the com­plex, said in a for­mal state­ment, “It would be pre­ma­ture and in­ap­pro­pri­ate to say any more. The own­ers re­spect the ju­di­cial process and will have no more to say pub­licly while this mat­ter re­mains be­fore the courts.”

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