By Heidi Detweiler Staff Writer
To expand its property, HACC Lancaster has recently purchased a significant amount of land surrounding the campus building. The newly gained property will improve the quality of student services. The purchase is a result of a $5.1 million lawsuit that occurred approximately eight years ago. According to “Lancaster Online,” in the fall of 2004, Lancaster HACC faced a lawsuit against Pitney Road Partners for causing a dispute over the cost of a Warfel Costruction Co. project. Pitney claimed that HACC violated the lease agreement, approving additions for the college that had not been laid out in the original plans. Such additions included a classroom, additional windows, a radiological testing room, and brick banding, all of which led to a delay in Warfel’s completion and an overall increase in costs, reported “Lancaster Online.” Also according to “Lancaster Online,” the estimated amount owed to the subcontractors of Warfel that HACC refused to pay was $5.1 million in overruns, which exceeded the $26 million budget of the project. The college claimed that because the building was not completed by the deadline of July 1, 2004, regardless of the fact that students were able to attend class by the scheduled start of the semester, that they were not responsible for rent payment for the first six months of the lease. HACC then proceeded to pay rent based upon the budgeted cost of the project, but not the actual cost of the project.