Contractor sues Backyard owner
Claiming to be owed more than $300,000 for work at the new Backyard concert venue in Bee Cave, Maldonado Construction & Associates LLC has filed suit against Backyard owner Tim O’Connor and his companies Direct Events and Planet Earth Music.
According to the petition, Maldonado built detention ponds and roads and installed utilities, but “despite repeated demands, defendants have refused to pay the amounts reflected in invoices by plaintiffs.”
Last month, Sixth River Architects sued O’Connor and Direct Events, claiming it was owed more than $100,000 for design work at the Backyard, as well as the Austin Music Hall, which O’Connor also owns.
According to invoices attached to the suit, O’Connor paid bills from January through March but hasn’t paid Maldo- nado Construction, owned by David H. Maldonado, since March 24. Maldonado is asking for $344,801, plus interest and attorney fees.
The company, based in Bertram, 45 miles northwest of Austin, has hired lawyer Bob Tyler. Tyler sent O’Connor a letter July 2 detailing his intention to sue on behalf of Maldonado, as well as file mechanic’s liens on the property. The letter said the $344,801 sum includes $275,000 that Maldonado owes its subcontractors.
Calls for comment to Direct Events were referred to representative Kylee O’Neill, who was in meetings Thursday and not available. E-mails to O’Neill and O’Connor partner Doug Moyes, who is also named in the suit, were unanswered Thursday.
The Backyard opened April 24 with a concert by ZZ Top. Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic drew a sellout crowd of 7,500. Bob Dylan is up next at the venue Aug. 4.