High-rise developer and builder face off in legal skirmish

A general contractor from Houston and a New York developer are suing each other over construction of a luxury high-rise in the River Oaks area.

GT Leach Constructors filed a $5 million lawsuit in state district court late last week against Arel Capital, developer of The River Oaks, a condominium tower rebuilt from the shell of a midcentury apartment building at 3433 Westheimer.

The suit alleges that Arel failed to pay GT Leach and and subcontractors for their work on the project. The original contract stated that GT Leach was to be paid $60 million, according to the suit.

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