PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) – The opening of the Hawaiian Falls water park has been delayed a few times, and now it’s facing a potential legal battle with a local construction company.
Grand Republic Construction was hired to do dirt work on the property, and owner Ed Albrecht says they also aided in the digging for several pools and the lazy river. But invoices for that work stand unpaid. Albrecht showed KXAN the signed contract between Hawaiian Falls and his company. It outlines a pay rate signed by both parties. Three invoices were paid, according to Albrecht, but then payments just stopped, leaving more than $91,000 unpaid.
“They gave no explanation. They just stopped paying, stopped returning phone calls, text messages and emails,” said Albrecht. He went on to say that he had no personal problems with anyone at Hawaiian Falls, and doesn’t understand the refusal to pay.
Public records show Albrecht filed a mechanic’s lien in May, attempting to get the money owed his company. “We have bills, and we have to pay our guys every week. It’s money coming out of my pocket,” said Albrecht.
Supervisors with Hawaiian Falls told KXAN they admit they owe Albrecht money, but they dispute how much. Albrecht says the company offered to settle with him for about half of what he’s owed. He refused the offer.
A spokesperson with the company emailed KXAN this statement:
Grand Republic is in breach of contract as they did not fulfill their obligations. We have tried to work with them towards a resolution, but they chose to be confrontational. They are one of nearly 200 contractors on this $23.5 million project, nearly half of which is being paid to local contractors. We will continue to work towards a resolution or let a court of law determine the validity of their claim.
– -David Alvey
– -Hawaiian Falls spokesman
Albrecht says Hawaiian Falls asked his company to leave the property after he questioned not being paid for work already complete.