Palo Alto: City reaches $425,000 settlement with Mitchell Park Library project manager


Palo Alto and Turner Construction Co., the firm hired to manage the troubled Mitchell Park Library and Community Center project, have reached a settlement that will see the city pay the firm $425,000.

The city announced the news Thursday.

“The settlement agreement with Turner finalizes and completes all of the legal issues associated with the construction of the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center,” the city said in a news release.

The city hired Turner in 2009 to manage the $45 million project. Since then, there have been a number of amendments, and in May 2013, the city set aside $850,000 to pay the firm, the city said.

In December, the city settled its legal issues with the original general contractor for the project, Flintco Pacific Inc. The city recovered $700,000 and Flintco agreed to pay all the costs of a replacement contractor brought in to finish the job. Turner also oversaw the replacement contractor”s work.

The Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, the centerpiece of a $76 million bond measure passed by voters in 2008, opened its doors on Nov. 6, more than two years behind schedule.

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