The architect in a high-profile Galloway Village project filed a mechanic's lien against the developer as the property remains in court limbo.
H Design Group LLC on Dec. 15 put the lien on file with the Greene County Circuit Court, according to an online court filing. The mechanic's lien shows more than $116,000 in unpaid expenses incurred by Elevation Enterprises LLC for architecture services. Springfield Business Journal learned of the filing through Springfield resident Linda Simkins' community watchdog Facebook group.
The vast majority of the outstanding expenses are over 90 days past due, according to the lien.
H Design Group has served as project architect for Elevation Enterprises' plans to build 12,000 square feet of residential, retail, office and restaurant space on roughly 4 acres at 3535 S. Lone Pine Ave. The planned development would bring to the Galloway Village neighborhood two multifamily buildings with a maximum of 25 housing units per acre, SBJ previously reported.
However, the rezoning of the project is up in the air amid various legal proceedings. Elevation Enterprises sued the city and Springfield City Council after council voted in December 2020 to send a rezoning request to public vote. Greene County Circuit Court Judge David Jones in May ruled in favor of Elevation Enterprises and owner Mitch Jenkins to block an election ballot that was slated for August 2021. Opposition led by the Galloway Village Neighborhood Association has filed an appeal on the ruling.
A statement provided by H Design Group cited the ongoing court proceedings involving the project.
"We continue to support and partner with Elevation Development on this project because we know it will provide high-quality living and retail opportunities that will complement and bolster the Galloway Village corridor," the statement reads. "Unfortunately, the legal process involved on this particular project has elongated the normal timing and delayed the financing. The lien was filed before the end of the calendar year simply to protect our investment and was done in cooperation and understanding with Elevation Development.
"We fully anticipate releasing the lien soon."
Jenkins declined to comment, citing the advice of his attorneys amid the ongoing litigation.
The latest online court entry to the Galloway project was an entry of appearance filed in August after the neighborhood association's appeal in May last year.
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