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13 INVESTIGATES: West Precinct Contractor Sues Birmingham

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - In October, we investigated why the brand new West Police Precinct was a year behind schedule.

We found out Birmingham had fired contractor Chris Woods.

Now Woods has filed a 17 page lawsuit against the city.

He claims the city owes him $1.5 million for the precinct project and two other jobs.

Woods made a similar claim when sat down with him six weeks ago.

He argued the City still owed him money from the west precinct project, along with the Fountain Heights Recreation Center and the yet-to-built Negro League Museum.

The City told us they had already paid Woods more than $4.2 million for the three projects.

Birmingham claimed Woods was fired for not completing projects on time and other contract breaches.

The new lawsuit Woods filed on November 20th blames project delays on multiple design changes by the city.

When we sat down with Woods in October, he argued the city fired him to save money.

“Just feel like a part of this reason is for the city to attempt its financial obligations to us for just enrichments that they have benefited from our services.  I mean we have performed this work, we were authorized to do it and we are entitled to payment,” Woods argued in October.

We asked Mayor William Bell’s office if they wanted to reply to the new lawsuit but we did not receive a response.

They have about two more weeks to reply in court.

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