The SportsQuest name might be history, but legal issues from its past linger for one of its neighbors.
The owner of 57 acres that were slated to be the west campus of the Chesterfield sports complex last week filed a lawsuit looking to free the land from a lien that is a remnant of SportsQuest’s unpaid bills.
Sports Frog LLC, which bought the property last year from Chesterfield developer Mark Sowers, filed the suit against local engineering firm Timmons Group and the bankrupt SportsQuest LLC.
Filed in Chesterfield County Circuit Court, the suit stems from a lien that Timmons filed on the property and against SportsQuest last year related to $131,000 of work for which it wasn’t paid.
Timmons had been hired by SportsQuest to conduct surveying, engineering and site planning at its planned west campus at 2601 Genito Place off Route 288 and the Powhite Parkway.
Sports Frog argues that it is not indebted to either Timmons or SportsQuest, and the lien should be lifted.
Sports Frog, registered to former Midlothian resident and SportsQuest board member Charles Gabler, who now lives in Pennsylvania, is also asking the court to determine the validity of the lien.
BizSense was unable to reach Gabler for comment.
Sports Frog is represented in the case by Andrew Baugher, an attorney in Harrisonburg, Va., with the firm Lenhart Obenshain. Baugher declined to comment.
Timmons is represented by Williams Mullen attorney Bill Bayliss. He did not return a call seeking comment.
The west campus was just one part of the dream of SportsQuest founder Steve Burton that didn’t materialize. The property was to eventually join the 12 turf fields that were built on the east campus. Those fields are now known as River City Sportsplex and owned by turf company Shaw Sportexe, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. Shaw took ownership of the 112-acre property through foreclosure last summer.
SportsQuest LLC, riddled with debt and largely without assets after the foreclosure, filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in August.