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Local Construction Firm Allegedly Defaults On Taxpayer-funded Projects

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A Columbus-based construction firm has been accused of defaulting on at least three uncompleted taxpayer-funded projects. 

Palmetto Construction last month quit multi-million-dollar projects including Ross County's jail renovation, construction of a Hocking Hills State Park visitors center and a firehouse in Franklin County. Problems also were found on a veterinarian simulation lab project at Ohio State University and a Columbus City Schools enrollment center renovation. Palmetto has been paid more than 1 million dollars for the jail and fire station projects and nearly 3 million for the park project. Ross county officials are waiting to see what a bond company does about the jail, while the other projects proceed. The Scott Street firm has yet to comment. 

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