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.