Trump Tower Vancouver developers suing construction company

Jan 24 2017, 7:31 pm

The developers of the controversial new Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver are suing the construction company over delays to the project.

Court documents dated January 17 show Holborn Developments has filed a notice of civil claim arguing Urban One Construction Management breached their contract.

As a result of a litany of failings on the part of the construction company to fulfill their 2012 contract, the real estate developers say they are suffering losses, damages and expenses.

Among the specific claims made, Holborn says Urban One failed to properly supervise trade contractors to ensure completion of the tower or provide a proper project schedule.

The developers also claim Urban One failed to tell them the project may face delays, and as a result, they are claiming damages for alleged breach of contract, negligence, and delay.

Urban One has yet to file a response in the case.

Trump Tower still not finished

The new Trump Tower in Vancouver (Jenni Sheppard/Daily Hive)

The new Trump Tower in Vancouver (Jenni Sheppard/Daily Hive)

Donald Trump, and his three children Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric appeared at a press conference announcing the project back in 2013. The 69-storey luxury tower, which consists of 147 hotel rooms and 217 upscale condos, was scheduled for opening in early 2017.

But the signs outside the as-yet unopened Trump Tower were not unveiled until last week, ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration as US President on Friday.

The twisting tower is still not finished – construction workers are still putting the finishing touches to the front of the $360-million building.

And ever since construction began, the West Georgia tower has long been a point of controversy in Vancouver, the regular focal point for anti-Donald Trump demonstrations.

Last year, a construction worker placed a Mexican flag at the top of Trump Tower hoping to get Donald Trump to change his stance on Mexican immigrants.

The tower has been temporarily renamed Dump Tower on Google Maps, and received a slew of negative parody Google reviews.

And just last weekend, thousands of people taking part in the Women’s March in Vancouver ended their demonstration outside the tower, covering the front with protest signs.

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Both the City of Vancouver’s former director of planning Brent Toderian and Mayor Gregor Robertson have called for the Trump name to be removed.

But while the Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver may bear the president-elect’s name, it is not actually owned by his family.

The Holborn Group simply bought the licence to use the Trump name to brand the luxury tower and run it as part of the Trump Hotel chain.