Architecture firm files lien against USOC headquarters developer LandCo

July 7, 2009

Boulder-based OZ Architecture has filed a $185,498 mechanic's lien against LandCo Equity Partners, the developer of a new downtown U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters at 27 S. Tejon St., according to El Paso County Clerk and Recorder records.

Liens are legal claims brought by contractors and subcontractors who haven't been paid or who question a payment. OZ, which LandCo hired years ago to design the building, could not be reached. LandCo Chairman Ray Marshall said he could not discuss the USOC project.

Three other companies, Innovar Environmental Inc. of Littleton and Baldwin Demolition Inc. and Shavano Land Survey Inc., both of the Springs, had filed liens or notices of liens on more than $200,000 in work on the building. Baldwin's action was resolved in May.

OZ's lien is the latest problem related to a March 2008 deal struck by LandCo, the USOC and Springs officials that called for the developer, the city and other parties to provide $53 million in incentives to keep the USOC's headquarters here. That deal included offices for the USOC and amateur sports groups and upgrades to the USOC's local Olympic Training Center.

The agreement has since unraveled. Among the problems: LandCo alleged the USOC and city weren't living up to the deal and sued; Marshall is being investigated by the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office; and Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera has been accused of negotiating the deal on the city's behalf having worked as a financial consultant for Marshall.



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