Choctaw center developer files suit over finance plan

Arkansas company alleges breach of contract by city of Choctaw
BY BRIANNA BAILEY bbailey@opubco.com Published: February 2, 2013
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“The eastern half of the property is dirt,” Nelson said. “It's been graded — that was part of our request, to see where they were with the development plans for Phase II.”

In its lawsuit, the developer also threatened to halt work on the development on NE 23 east of Henney Road.

“For obvious reasons, (Choctaw Town Square) is reluctant to continue construction on the project when, at this stage, CTS is not being reimbursed by the city and (the Choctaw Utilities Authority) for the costs it has incurred for project construction,” the lawsuit said.

The developer also claims in its lawsuit that Choctaw should pay for Choctaw Town Square's legal costs to defend itself against a lawsuit filed by Choctaw City Manager Robert L. Floyd last year.

Former manager sues

Floyd moved to sue Choctaw and Choctaw Town Square in June 2012. The former city manager claims in his lawsuit that the city council wrongfully fired him after he questioned the dollar amount on an invoice Choctaw Town Square submitted to the city.

The city has no agreement to pay the developer its legal costs in the case, Nelson said.

Choctaw Town Square principal Eldon Blackaby declined to comment on the lawsuit on Friday. An attorney for Choctaw Town Square could not immediately be reached for comment.