Turner in default on Westport payments

The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore judge has ordered a company controlled by developer Patrick Turner to pay about $100,000 to a construction firm for work at the Westport Waterfront development site, according to online court records.

On Dec. 10, Baltimore City Circuit Court judge Jeffrey M. Geller determined that Inner Harbor West LLC owed Dixie Construction Co. Inc. the funds for wetland construction and soil capping performed at the development site on the western shore of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River.

Turner's company never replied in court to Dixie's claim, filed in August, and the default judgment was entered because of the lack of response. Turner told the Sun in September that Dixie was owed the money and that he expected to pay the firm once the Westport project was refinanced.

Land associated with Westport project, a 50-acre mixed-use development Turner proposed years ago that stalled during the recession, recently went into foreclosure. In November, Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corp. filed an action to claim the Westport land, saying Turner-affiliated companies owe more than $30 million to repay a 2007 loan.

A case filed in June against Turner personally by the Center for Aquatic Life and Conservation Inc. is also pending. The division of the National Aquarium alleges Turner has not repaid a $115,000 loan related to a Wesport-area tract of land.

Turner could not be reached for comment Friday evening.

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