Real estate development company alleges couple did not fully pay for construction project

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 27, 2019

GALVESTON — A Galveston County real estate development company is suing a Hitchcock couple alleging they owe nearly $100,000 for a construction project.

Watkins Real Estate Development LLC filed a complaint March 25 in Galveston County District Court against Paul Leviner and Angela Leviner, alleging breach of contract.

According to the complaint, the Leviners owned the property at 13 Sugarloaf, Hitchcock and 3 Water Key, Hitchcock. The suit says Watkins Real Estate was asked to provide an estimate for the defendants to install a boathouse and pier on April 18, 2016. The initial estimate was $140,875, the suit says. 

The defendants allegedly requested significant changes in the plan's specifications, and the price estimate was adjusted. The plaintiff and defendant then entered into a contract for the construction relating to the boathouse and the pier, and the defendants paid the plaintiff $25,000 in March 2017 as a retainer. 

The suit says construction began in May 2017 was the boathouse was completed in August 2017. Permits and orders were completed to move forward with pier construction. In late August to early September 2017, the suit says, Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast and the defendants' home was damaged. 

The plaintiff was engaged by the defendants in September 2017 to continue the work and add repairs to their home, the suit alleges. This process was completed in December 2017 and the pier was finished in January 2018. 

The defendants allegedly agreed to pay Watkins Real Estate for the services and materials provided but the defendants have failed to pay the total balance and owe $99,577.

Watkins Real Estate Development seeks trial by jury, monetary relief between $100,000 and $200,000, costs of court and attorney fees, plus all just relief. It is represented by attorneys S. Benjamin Shabot and Timothy A. Beeton of Simpson, Beeton, Shabot & McConnell LLC.

Galveston County District Court case number 19-CV-0515

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