What we know about the Alston Construction project
— What we do know: Alston’s construction of a $400 million office complex near Seattle’s waterfront has been delayed by a new contract dispute with the city and is set to be completed by the end of the year.
Alston Construction said Wednesday it has agreed to an extension on its $40 million contract with the City of Seattle and to allow the city to use the remaining money for other projects, including the construction of an outdoor sports complex in the waterfront, according to an announcement from the company.
The city has requested that Alston delay the completion of the outdoor sports facility by three years, a request that the company has denied.
The city also has asked for a one-year extension of the $40.5 million contract Alston has signed with the federal government for the project.
The company said it would have to work through the dispute “as quickly as possible,” and said it was working with the U.S. Department of Labor and the U-Haul trucking company to “find a resolution that will allow us to resume construction as soon as possible.”
The project has been plagued by delays, and Alston, which is based in Seattle, has had trouble meeting its financial obligations.
The company had to pay more than $2 million in legal fees to Seattle over the years, according a lawsuit filed by the city last year.
The Washington State Department of Transportation said in August it would not renew the $80 million in federal funding it had promised Alston to finish the project, saying the company was not in compliance with the terms of the agreement.
Alton had been due to receive federal grant money in 2020, but has been unable to complete the project due to a series of technical issues.