Engineering firm sues Gateway developer for failure to pay for $400K of work

first_imgMission Gateway developer Tom Valenti presenting his new plan to the city in November. Photo courtesy Bill Nichols.Steve Vockrodt over at the Pitch earlier today reported that Henderson Engineers has filed a lawsuit against Mission Gateway developer Tom Valenti seeking restitution for more than $400,000 worth of services performed on the still-undeveloped land.Over the past two months, two other contractors on the project, Coreslab Structures, and Slaggie Architects, have filed liens against Valenti for unpaid work on the Gateway totaling just under $2 million.These legal actions come amid a difficult stretch for Valenti with the Mission City Council, which took the first step toward imposing a $600,000 per year assessment on the property intended to help Mission recoup the $12 million it spent on stormwater improvements to ready the site for development. In early November, Valenti appeared before the council to pitch a vastly reworked proposal for the site, which stripped away almost all of the previously announced tenants and expanded the proposed Walmart to nearly 180,000 square feet.The lawsuit is embedded below: