Construction firm sues over payment for hotel

A construction firm hired to build Hotel Valencia at Santana Row, the upscale San Jose shopping and residential complex, claims it is owed more than $6 million for its work on the project.

A lawsuit filed Oct. 22 by London-based Bovis Lend Lease alleges that the company completed the work it was required to do for Santana Row Hotel Partners. Although the hotel opened in June, the suit claims, Bovis still hasn`t been paid.

Though Bovis Lend Lease is not the type of company to try to settle these kind of matters in court, we feel we have no alternative in this situation,`` said a statement issued by Bovis spokeswoman Mary Costello. ``Since the matter is now in litigation, the only further comment we can make is to say that we are extremely proud of the role our company played in building the magnificent Valencia Hotel.``

Hotel Valencia officials did not return calls seeking comment on the lawsuit.

Kristine Warner, communications director for Federal Realty Investment Trust, which developed Santana Row, said it didn`t build the hotel and has no responsibility for any money that might be owed Bovis.