As we’ve previously noted, the conversion of the “Candy Factory” building at 20 Henry Street to luxury condos, being done on behalf of Canyon Johnson Urban Funds, a developer controlled by basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, has been picketed by the Carpenters’ Union and taken to task by City Council Member Steve Levin for using a contractor, Leviathan Construction Management, that Levin alleged was “irresponsible” about safety. In the latest development, Leviathan is being sued by other unions that allege it is nothing but a sham entity set up by a big construction company to avoid union contracts.
New York Observer: Now it appears that labor unions are alleging that Leviathan is not even a legitimate company. In a suit filed in Westchester County Bankruptcy Court, the Mason Tenders District Council and Metallic Lathers Local 46 are claiming that Leviathan is dummy corporation set up by a company called HRH Construction that allowed HRH to avoid using union labor and assuming the costs of union fees and benefits. In an ironic twist, they are pursuing the company under RICO laws, the same sort that weakened the mob-connected unions in the 1980s and ’90s.
Whether this results in any delay in work on 20 Henry remains to be seen.