In 2011, our pro bono client, Greenwich House, a Methadone clinic operator, abruptly needed to relocate and thus entered into a new lease in a commercial building in lower Manhattan. In order to build out the space for use as a clinic, Greenwich House was obligated to retain a Project Manager selected by the landlord to oversee the construction. This Project Manager breached his agreement with Greenwich House by delaying the agreed-upon 16-week project to two years. During this period of displacement, Greenwich House suffered over $1 million in damages and the clinic is in danger of being closed permanently.
RK&O sued the Project Manager on Greenwich House’s behalf and was successful in obtaining a judgment on liability in our client’s favor. We will be moving forward with a hearing on the amount of damages to be awarded Greenwich House.
For nearly half a century, Greenwich House has played a key role in treating narcotics addiction by maintaining a well-known methadone clinic. Until the recent disruption caused by the severe construction delay in its new treatment center, Greenwich House had regularly treated more than 1200 methadone clients annually.