The developer of a downtown JW Marriott is trying to stop Austin’s investigation of allegations that the company is violating a $3.8 million economic development agreement.
White Lodging development’s politically influential lawyer, Richard Suttle Jr., wrote a letter Monday to City Council members asking them to end the city staff’s inquiry, which hinges on whether the developer is properly paying its construction workers. The city agreed to waive $3.8 million in fees in exchange for White Lodging paying its construction workers a “prevailing wage,” but the company and the city staff are now interpreting that requirement differently. If the city staff ultimately decides White Lodging violated the agreement, the city could require the company to pay the additional $3.8 million.
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