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A construction worker ties down a portion of a crane on a semi truck bed at Washington Square. Tallahassee Democrat

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Cranes at the downtown development Washington Square are being moved, but it is unclear what the long-term impacts on the project could be.

2020年欧冠赛程表Tuesday afternoon, a small group of construction workers tied down a portion of one of two cranes that was dismantled to the back of a semi-truck. Other pieces of the crane sat in a corner of the property to later be loaded onto truck beds.

2020年欧冠赛程表Two workers stood at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Gadsden Street to divert traffic while cones and signs blocked the roadway.

2020年欧冠赛程表County officials say the developer, Fairmont Development, did not make arrangements to close Gadsden Street.

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"Staff is willing to assume the closure was to bring out equipment to demobilize the site," said County Spokesman Matt Cavell. 

Fairmont Development principal Walter Hall directed questions to project developer Ken McDermott, who was not immediately available.

The project has met snag after snag after a rash of liens and lawsuits with the city of Tallahassee last year that all but halted the hotel’s progress for months.

In March, Fairmont terminated a contract with its primary contractor at about the same time construction was set to resume.

2020年欧冠赛程表County building permits for the tower shell and parking garage shell have expired, according to County Commission documents. Fairmont had until Sunday to ask for a six-month extension on the permit for the tower and May 30 to request one for the parking garage. 

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2020年欧冠赛程表Although little progress has been made since mid-2019, Fairmont still holds three building permits — for the tower and garage build outs and one for renovations of a city of Tallahassee garage renovation — which means site plan and environmental permits are still valid.

The county documents indicate that that termination of the primary contractor, Yates Construction, led to the demobilization which started Saturday.

“In March 2020, Fairmont Developers terminated their contract with Yates Construction, the primary contractor for the Washington Square project,” county staff wrote in the agenda item for next week’s County Commission meeting. “Yates Construction notified the county and city of its demobilization plans which include the removal of materials, cranes and other heavy equipment.”

2020年欧冠赛程表At that time McDermott said Washington Square’s completion time period was about a year out.

The possible demobilization marked the latest twist in the stalled 19-story, mixed-use Loews Hotel project backed by Fairmont Development LLC, one of at least two companies associated with the $150-million project. 

The project was suspended last year when Fairmont locked horns with the city over terms of a 2016 easement agreement and use of the city's adjacent garage.

Both sides ended up in court and Fairmont agreed to drop its lawsuit against the city. While they agreed to several terms, the testy circumstances surrounding the use and possible purchase of the garage ended with the city pulling out of negotiations.

Democrat photographer Alicia Devine contributed to this report

Contact Karl Etters at ketters@m3dancehouse.com or @KarlEtters on Twitter.

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