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Port sues builder for breach of contract

The Port of Sunnyside is seeking $169,843 in damages from Sunnyside contractor Timothy Bardell for what it maintains is a breach of contract and for improper work done on the Port's Horizon building project, located on East Edison Avenue.

The suit was filed in Yakima County Superior Court during the past week, but no hearing date as yet been set.

Bardell, who was awarded the building contract for the construction of the Horizon building in the fall of 2001, was removed from the job about a month after Port officials realized that the work on the 1,500 square foot building was not meeting their expectations.

The Port's damage suit seeks to recover the amount of money the Port used to change work done by Bardell, as well as the costs associated with hiring a new engineer for the $1.7 million project, said Amber Hansen, Port manager.

Anderson and Associates of Sunnyside was hired to complete the building, which is now home to Horizon Inc. and the Sunnyside Beauty Academy.

The Port officials learned the construction project was not going as planned about a month into the project, Hansen said.

The Port commissioners removed Bardell from the project after trying to work out agreements with him for changes to meet the Port's specifications, said Hansen.

The Port now seeks to recover the costs, which it incurred over and beyond what it expected to spend on the project, she said.

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