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Landscaper Says Contractors, Apartment Owners Owe Him $250,000

FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Owners and contractors for The Vue apartments need to pay up, says a Fort Smith landscaper.
There's no shortage of green here at Sharum's Garden Center, but after completing a project at the Vue apartments in Fayetteville,owner Frank Sharum says there is a shortage of green in his bank account.

"We had a signed contract," Sharum says.

"The contractor said he couldn't pay us because the owners had not completed paying him."

Sharum says the price of the landscaping project, which began last August and wrapped in October, came in at $300,000.

"I was paid $40,000 back, I think, in September," Sharum says.

There's a balance of approximately $250,000 that's still owed to the company."

Last fall, Sharum, whose list of clients includes Crystal Bridges, the University of Arkansas and the Clinton Library, heard he could expect a check by Christmas.

But, Santa came and went without a check, Sharum says.

Since then, he says he's been told twice that it would come in the next two to four weeks.

"It just keeps moving it's a moving target," Sharum says.

It was time to draw a line in the soil.

Sharum says he's filed a lien on the property and filed a claim against The Vue's bonding company.

"You take that kind of money out of anybody's pocket...it's not good, it's not good," Sharum says.

"You know, it would be nice if I could move 100 of my friends up there and let them stay in those apartments for free because basically they're getting my services for free."

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