September 16, 2014

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County, firm settle Justice Center lawsuit

ELYRIA — The county and the Cleveland architectural firm that designed the county Justice Center have settled a $1.2 million lawsuit the county filed against the company in 2005.

Under the terms of the agreement, Collins Gordon Bostwick Architects, now known as the Bostwick Design Group, is sending the county a check for $250,000 to cover problems that cropped up after the Justice Center opened in 2004.

The money will be placed in a county building fund, said Assistant County Prosecutor Bob Flanagan, but he would not discuss any further details of the settlement.

According to the settlement agreement, the county and company agreed to say only that “Any disputes between the Parties relating to Lorain County Justice Center have been resolved [to respective] party’s satisfaction.’’

Both sides also agreed not to disparage each other, according to the agreement.

County Commissioner Ted Kalo, who signed the agreement for the county, declined to comment.

When the lawsuit was filed, county Administrator Jim Cordes said the county was trying to get money out of a Columbus-based engineering firm that he said made numerous mistakes, including problems with the heating and air conditioning system, the paging systems and others.

Bostwick Design Group continues to work with the county on other projects.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.