BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Missed deadlines and broken promises have many wondering if a construction project at MLK Park will ever be finished. Now, Man O Trees owner David Pfeiffer is speaking out, telling News 4 he wants to clear his name.
Pfeiffer says the long-delayed project to build a new splash pad at Martin Luther King Park will be completed next Tuesday.
"Tuesday we're gone, and that the project is completely finished and that's the whole deal, the sidewalks, the entryways, the paving - everything," he said.
The city planned to have the $4 million splash pad completed last summer. Pfeiffer blames much of the delays on flaws in the original planning and the city not having enough funding early on to correct the problems.
His company followed the city's orders last year and removed an old wall surrounding the huge park. Pfeiffer says once the old knee wall was removed, crews couldn't properly pour the cement. And at the time, the city didn't have the funding to put up a new knee wall.
"And they basically came to us and forced us to take the alternative-two bid to replace the wall and it cost us all that time and pushed the job back. At that point in time, my crews went in, we put the walls up and the obviously we started pouring concrete and it threw the project off and everyone knew that the thing was going to take until around this time when we were going to finish," Pfeiffer said.
Now he says the city still owes him over a million dollars.
"We are finishing. We have a responsibility to finish. It's been very financially tough on my company, but I finish my jobs," he added.
A city official tells News 4 Pfeiffer hasn't received the last payments because his company has liens against it from other subcontractors, but the city official would not elaborate.
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