Billing battle rages over Limelight Resort Aspen renovation

A rendering of renovations to the lounge bar at The Limelight Aspen.

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The rework of Limelight Resort Aspen took about six months to finish, however settling greater than $3.4 million in overdue money owed associated to the venture has taken twice the time up to now.

The disputes involving venture contractors and Limelight proprietor Aspen Snowboarding Co. have triggered three civil lawsuits and 9 mechanics liens, largely associated to billing and efficiency disagreements over the venture, in response to public filings within the Pitkin County Courthouse and Clerk & Recorder’s Workplace. The primary lien was filed in February 2022, and different actions adopted.

As of Friday, one lawsuit and one lien remained lively — the opposite points having been resolved or mixed. The three events nonetheless within the dispute are Limelight Aspen (via Skico), Las Vegas-based PWI Building, and Georgia-based GAR Mechanical, courtroom data present.

GAR Mechanical claims PWI owes it greater than $200,000, however PWI says it will probably’t make good on the debt till it’s totally paid by Skico for the work.

“Limelight and ASC did not pay PWI roughly $3,430,062.07 of the quantities owed pursuant to the Inside and Exterior Renovation Contracts,” in response to a Jan. 10 submitting in Pitkin County District Court docket by PWI Building. “Some, however not all, of this cash was owed to subcontractors employed by PWI for work to be carried out on the Property. As a result of PWI didn’t obtain cost, it couldn’t pay its subcontractors. PWI and quite a few subcontractors, distributors, and suppliers recorded mechanic’s liens because of Limelight and/or ASC’s non-payment.”

PWI’s submitting motioned the courtroom to consolidate two lawsuits: One entails Skico and Limelight because the remaining defendants in PWI’s lawsuit; the opposite has PWI because the remaining defendant in GAR Mechanical’s swimsuit. Two district judges agreed to consolidate the complaints, in response to courtroom data.

“Good trigger exists to consolidate the PWI Lawsuit with the GAR Lawsuit,” PWI’s submitting stated. “The lawsuits contain frequent info and events. The lawsuits come up out of the identical building tasks on the similar Property.”

Court docket filings by GAR Mechanical solid the blame on PWI. GAR Mechanical claims the overall contractor went over the venture’s finances, adjusted change orders with out GAR Mechanical’s consent, and arbitrarily lowered the hourly charge it paid GAR Mechanical from $100 to $85. Filings by PWI cited GAR Mechanical’s alleged “work failure to finish the work for which cost is sought in ‘the perfect and most workmanlike method.’”

Attorneys for PWI, the venture’s basic contractor, and GAR Mechanical, an HVAC firm, declined to remark or didn’t reply to messages left final week. Skico, which owns Limelight Resort, was sticking to its no-comment coverage concerning firm litigation. Skico has not made any filings within the lawsuit, and PWI and Skico are engaged on settling the problem out of courtroom, in response to written pleadings from PWI.

Limelight re-opened in December 2021 after an in depth renovation, which “left no wall untouched, from public areas together with the foyer, lounge, a brand new Youngsters Membership space, assembly rooms, pool and health areas, and the restaurant and bar, and our 120 visitor rooms and 6 suites. The contemporary, mild, and welcoming setting pays homage to the placement’s dynamic previous and vibrant current and provides an total feeling of the modernized ski lodge,” in response to an Instagram from PWI publish dated Jan. 6, 2022.

Skico employed PWI in Could 2021 to oversee the inside renovations and, in October 2021, employed it to supervise the resort’s exterior renovations, in response to courtroom pleadings.

Earlier than Skico purchased the property in 2010, the Paas household had run the resort because the Limelite Lodge and redeveloped it into the 126-room Limelight Lodge in 2008. Skico modified the identify to Limelight Resort, which is the flagship for like-named lodges in Snowmass Village and Ketchum, Idaho. Skico additionally has began building on Limelight Resort Boulder on the College of Colorado at Boulder campus, with the opening scheduled for the summer time of 2025, in response to an announcement from Skico final week.