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Statesville Road Marriott still stalled as lawsuits drag on

A half-finished Marriott hotel at Statesville and W.T. Harris roads near Northlake Mall is likely to sit that way for months to come, as the owner and contractor fight over payments and workmanship in court.

Since taking on the development beat, I’ve fielded a half-dozen inquiries about this property. The hotel was supposed to be a 118-room Courtyard by Marriott, and had been slated to open more than a year ago.

Instead, the building has sat unfinished at the prominent intersection right off Interstate 77. The owner, Raleigh-based MJM Group, and the general contractor are stuck in court. The contractor has sued MJM for payment, but MJM has refused to pay because it says the work that was done has severe defects and the building would be too costly to repair.

Meanwhile, many of the subcontractors have filed liens and lawsuits as well, leading to a flurry of cases in Mecklenburg court, but no hotel.

Matthew Lee, an attorney representing MJM Group, said the owner and contractor are set to hold an arbitration hearing in late spring.

MJM bought the land in Sept. 2012 for $1.9 million, real estate records show.

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