Danielson-Minor feud: Two trade barbs after arbitration
After a week spent inside some Omni hotel conference rooms putting on evidence as if at trial, would-be hotel-makers Lee Danielson and Halsey Minor each offer their own spin on their court-ordered binding arbitration process.
Danielson, taking note of the various lawsuits Minor is facing and waging, contends that the $3.5 million Minor alleges he's spent on legal fees litigating the Landmark hotel–- a moldering eyesore on the Downtown Mall–- might have actually completed the project.
"The hotel should be finished," says Danielson, "and a man of this substance should be able to finish it and work out his other problems."
Minor and the experts he called to testify in the arbitration procedure–- which was closed to the public including the media–- don't see it that way.
"Lee has to have the last word no matter how inane and ridiculous," says Minor. "Lee's and the bank's budget was $30 million, which both experts considered fantasy."
Construction on the Landmark ceased a year ago with accusations from various parties about unpaid bills, unfunded loans, bogus budgets, and a spendthrift owner. All that the two sides agree on at this point is that they expect to hear a decision on the binding arbitration in June.