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FOX19 Exclusive: Contractors sued for Fountain Square renovation

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The work was completed in October 2006 and after more than $48 million worth of renovations, Fountain Square is now undergoing repairs on the work.

Cincinnati Central City Development Corporation (3CDC) is the company that develops projects for the city. On it's website, it says it spent $4 million of city taxpayer money and an unspecified amount of state taxpayer money for the project.

It also says it spends nearly $400,000 a year for maintenance and repairs, not counting the current repairs. Those repairs are being done, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday, because the contractors didn't do it right the first time.

The suit, filed by Cincinnati Insurance Company, the insurer for 3CDC, says it has "paid $2,880,000... for the cost of repairing certain areas of Fountain Square in order to limit the water intrusion into Fifth Third's property."

Fifth Third has a building right next to the square and part of the building's basement runs underneath parts of Fountain Square. The suit claims that water has been leaking into the offices since the renovations and the $3 million dollars is for restoring the interior, flooring, furniture, AV equipment, computers and even lost rent from tenants.

It also says the drains are designed to collect storm water and that has caused much of the problem. The drains are now being torn out for new ones to be put in. The suit says the general contractor, Megen Construction, hired eight sub-contractors to do the work and those are the ones being sued. Megen Construction is not being sued.

In FOX19's commitment to balanced news, we reached out to the insurance company, Fifth-Third Bank, Fifth-Third's attorney, 3CDC, 3CDC's attorney, and Megen Construction. No one wanted to comment.

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