Manors workers protest to get paid |

Manors workers protest to get paid

Ryan Summerlin
Subcontractors who worked on Glenwood Manor I's remodeling project protested Monday after having gone weeks without payment.
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Subcontractors who worked on Glenwood Manor I’s remodel from the end of 2016 into early 2017 gathered Monday to protest nonpayment for their work.

The group picketed outside of Glenwood Manor II, owned by the same company and which is now undergoing the same remodeling process as Manor I. Both buildings rent to tenants under federal Section 8 housing subsidies.

The developer, the Denver-based Steele Properties, said it’s paid the general contractor, the Florida-based ZMG Construction.

The general contractor says it’s paid its subcontractor, LJ Construction, based out of Omaha. Dee Paonessa, ZMG’s executive vice president, said Monday that the payment holdup was happening on LJ’s end.

It’s not clear how many individuals have been affected, but Bill Anastasio, a subcontractor from Glenwood Springs, said 23 to 30 people have gone weeks without getting paid for their work.

Anastasio, who worked remodeling the building’s floors, said the project has been mismanaged.

He and others protesting Monday said many workers were only days away from being evicted because they weren’t able to pay their rent. Some were living out of their cars or had missed child support payments after not being paid thousands of dollars.

Paonessa said her company was writing checks to the subcontractors out of ZMG’s pocket and back charging LJ for those payments. She expected that the nonpayments would be resolved by the end of the week.

The Post Independent was unable to contact the current owner of LJ Construction. A recently terminated co-owner of the company, Lou McCollor, said he was fired on Jan. 7 during the Manors project.

McCollor said his partner terminated him from the project, and though he wouldn’t say why he was terminated, he denied that it was connected to missed payments to subcontractors.

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