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Architectural firm sues company once tasked with convention center renovations

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – A civil suit against the Nebraska developer responsible to renovating the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo is moving forward.

Seven exhibits were filed Tuesday in Black Hawk County Court by the attorney for Invision Architecture, a Waterloo-based firm. Invision claims they are owed $86,327.50 for work they did on the project.

The suit is against Edwin Leslie and his various firms associated with the project: LK Waterloo, LLC and Leslie Hospitality Consulting, LLC.

In 2017, Leslie agreed to put $20 million into the convention center and the connected Ramada hotel.

That same year, Invision presented Leslie with a contract to do work on the project. They have presented a copy of the contract to the courts, however it isn’t signed.

Leslie’s deal with the city fell apart last year as he accused the city of trying to sink the deal.

Since then, little has been done to the center and has drawn some ire from council members. Councilwoman Margaret Klein even suggested bulldozing the facility and cut their loses.

Even though Leslie’s firm has backed out of the deal, Invision wants the money they believed they’re owed.

The case doesn’t have anything more scheduled on the upcoming dockets. The Black Hawk County Clerk of Court’s office said closing statements must still happen and it could be a couple months before any determination in the case is made.

One of Leslie’s companies has sued the city of Waterloo for their part in the deal failing to come to fruition.

Leslie was also recently sued by Martin Brothers Distributing in Cedar Falls for unpaid bills. Martin Brothers won the case as Leslie’s company failed to respond.