After initially dodging questions in a way that made everyone look bad, someone’s finally come forward to answer questions about why a contractor filed work permits for the EDA’s Stone Brewing contract weeks before they were formally awarded the job.
That someone is Hourigan Construction owner Mark Hourigan, who filed the permits in the first place. He doubled down the explanation initially provided by the mayor’s chief of staff: that the permits were an attempt to get free dirt for the job site.
Hourigan says it would have saved the city $300,000.
Not everyone’s buying it. From the Times-Dispatch:
Taylor & Parrish Principal Brent Graves questioned the EDA’s outlined methodology of choosing one contractor to put fill material on the site and then potentially choosing another to come in and decide how to use it.
“If we were awarded the job, we would have wanted to be responsible for the entire project and we would have advised the EDA not to accept that proposal if we had a different solution,” Graves said.
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