YAKIMA, Wash. — A Yakima firm hired to remove asbestos from the old Boise Cascade plywood mill last year has filed a lawsuit over nonpayment for its work.
Tri-Valley Construction Inc. filed the suit in Yakima County Superior Court last month to recover the more than $142,000 the firm spent to complete the job in early 2012.
Tri-Valley is seeking a judgment against the demolition contractor or foreclosure and sale of the property to recover its costs.
The lawsuit names as defendants the Oregon firm, P&P Demolition Inc. of Estacada, Ore., 30 miles southeast of Portland, which purchased the plywood plant building at auction, as well as the various legal entities that have ownership interests in the 211-acre Boise Cascade site in northeast Yakima.
Those groups are identified as ATR Land LLC, LeeLynn Inc., Wiley MT Inc., all Oregon companies, and Dunollie Enterprises LLC, a Washington company.
Sage Linn, a Seattle attorney representing Tri-Valley, said his client has tried unsuccessfully for several months to obtain payment from the demolition firm. The landowners are named because the company’s work provided a benefit that made the land more valuable.
The old mill property is seen as having major potential for light industrial, commercial, retail and residential development.
A proposed new east-west road being pursued by the county is proposed to bisect the mill site. The county and the city of Yakima are working on a proposal to obtain approval to modify the Interstate 82 interchanges in the vicinity of the mill site.
A telephone message left at the number listed for P&P Demolition Inc. was not returned Tuesday.
Brad Hill, a spokesman for the mill property owners, said they were reviewing the complaint and could not comment.
P&P Demolition purchased the plywood plant, which closed in 2006, in an auction with plans to dismantle the building. According to the lawsuit, P&P hired Tri-Valley to remove asbestos. The firm did the work between Feb. 27 and March 16 of 2012, but was never paid, the complaint said.
Tri-Valley filed a lien against the property in May 2012.
The plywood plant has been demolished but some debris remains on the site.
Joe Caruso, who oversees code enforcement in the city of Yakima, said the city has asked P&P and the property owners to remove the debris.