Breach of contract lawsuit filed over South Florida project

Most people in South Florida are familiar with the mixed-use railroad station development known as MiamiCentral. But those in other parts of the state might not be as familiar with the nine-acre complex.

MiamiCentral connects to the adjacent Government Center station that serves rail and bus lines. The complex is also to include more than three million square feet of residential space (800 apartment units), as well as retail and office space. MiamiCentral is also the focus of construction litigation involving the developer and general contractor.

General contractor Suffolk Construction Company has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against a pair of Florida East Coast Industries subsidiaries, alleging that the development group did not give the construction company an extension or increased budget despite weather delays.

Suffolk contends the companies breached their contract by refusing to boost the budget and extend the deadline for the apartment portion of the project currently being constructed above the MiamiCentral station.

A news report in a South Florida real estate industry publication said it is not clear from the complaint if the weather delays were due to Hurricane Irma. The powerful Category 5 storm wreaked havoc on South Florida and other areas back in September 2017.

The lawsuit was filed on the heels of a settlement reached in October over delays in the construction of the station component of the project. Late this past summer, Facchina Construction of Florida (the initial general contractor on the project), filed a construction lawsuit related to the office portion of the mixed-use development.