From Racine Community Media:
"Racine- Another lawsuit has been filed against the Machinery Row
project and Rodney Blackwell. This time it’s alleged fraud and breach of
contract. Questions are now circulating as to how far Racine city
officials are involved in this whole mess. Asked earlier in the week by
the Racine Journal Times, both Mayor Dickert and City Administrator Tom
Friedel declined to comment.
"Michael Knight claims Blackwell and
Machinery Row have not delivered on financial guarantees and have
falsely represented themselves. Knight said he provided extensive and
ongoing services covering several hundreds of hours to the project, such
as reviewing and amending tax credit applications, He claims his
services on the Machinery Row project included, meeting with public officials, negotiating with public entities, and working with lenders on project financing.
"Knight is also seeking damages as determined by a trial.
Development Director Brian O’Connell who has been involved in a lot of
the behind the scenes work for Machinery Row has just unexpectedly
retired from his position as City Development Director with the city.
O’Connell is now attempting to take Lisa Parham’s vacated seat on the
Racine School Board."