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A Large Apple authentic estate mogul is suing a tennis court set up enterprise soon after it “literally destroyed” the recreation space he desired repaired at his tony Hamptons dwelling — and then served him a bill for double what the job was intended to expense, new courtroom papers allege.
Marc Packer, co-founder of the hospitality improvement business Tao Group, is coming out swinging in opposition to Century Tennis Inc. for allegedly tearing up the courtroom at his Drinking water Mill pad right after delaying function on it for nearly a calendar year, according to a accommodate submitted Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Packer, who also owns the Greek restaurant Avra in Manhattan, claims he set down a $24,000 deposit and signed a deal with the firm in August 2020 to resolve the cracks in the court docket and improve it by Memorial Working day for a selling price of $62,000, in accordance to the lawsuit.
But by March the company and its manager however hadn’t even started out the job — and wouldn’t return his calls or connect with him “in any way,” the court papers allege.
So Packer’s attorney, David Jaroslawicz, despatched a letter on June 22 demanding the deposit back or for do the job to start off, and the supervisor eventually bought back to him with a assure to start off the function, the filing statements.
“In early July, 2021, when plaintiff was not present at his house, defendants went by means of the fence to plaintiff’s tennis court, brought in significant machines and basically wrecked plaintiff’s tennis court,” charges the go well with, which incorporates pics of the alleged destruction.
Century Tennis afterwards despatched Packer a bill for $131,690 — roughly double the original contract value, the courtroom files claim.
“He tore it up, despatched the agreement and mentioned ‘here signal this.’ And the last [Packer] listened to an individual said he needs to clear away his equipment and so is he heading to go away it all torn up,” mentioned Jaroslawicz, referring to a employee from the company.
But Packer refused to signal the new deal in July “which defendants experienced produced and sent to [Packer] following — and only soon after — [Packer’s] tennis court and bordering landscaping had been ruined by the defendants,” the files allege.
The courtroom is still ruined and the devices is nonetheless in the garden, the suit promises.
Century Tennis did not right away return a ask for for remark.
Additional reporting by Natalie O’Neill