LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - More small businesses have come forward to
accuse the owners of a south end apartment building of not paying their bills.
From local vendors to the out-of-state management company, the bills are
stacking up for Blue Diamond Apartments and their New York owners.
Brenton Wombles wants his money. He said Blue Diamond Apartments on Blue
Lick Road owes thousands of dollars in past due bills for cleaning work his
company did months ago. "And now I'm finding out about all these other
people," Wombles said.
James Conner, owner of Conners Flooring Solutions, said he's owed more than
$20,000 in flooring work and late fees for work at Blue Diamond.
Straightedge Painting produced invoices for almost $1,500 in painting work
its owners claim is unpaid.
Another Louisville company, S&D Flooring Installation, claims Blue
Diamond racked up almost $30,000 in unpaid bills.
Conners and Wombles said they tried to get their money from Blue Diamond's
on-site manager Pam Freeman. They said she's the person who hired them.
"Pam's acknowledgement is, I'm not responsible for the bills
here," Wombles said. "It's Strategic Property Services Group."
Strategic Vice President of Operations Ed Whittington said in an email, "We
do not control the money," adding the owners "no longer listen
Whittington claimed his property management firm also is owed "a
substantial amount in unpaid management fees" and said to contact the
person he said is in charge of the New York-based property company that owns
Blue Diamond Apartments, Julian Blumenthal.
Blumenthal said Conner Flooring Solutions would be paid "as soon as
possible" but did not return phone or text messages about the other
companies that claim they are owed money.
Wombles told us his last call to the property management company was not
encouraging. "They said, ‘We can't pay your bills right now,
unfortunately. We can't pay a lot of bills right now because the company has
been struggling for the past couple months.'"
Wombles said he's going to follow the lead of Conner Flooring Solutions and
file a mechanics lien on the property in Jefferson County Court in an attempt
to force Blue Diamond to pay up.
Whittington said Wombles's bills are not nearly as overdue as Wombles
"He is trying to jump on the bandwagon to cause trouble,"
Whittington wrote in an email, adding Wombles cleaning contract was terminated.
Wombles said the only reason he's not working out at Blue Diamond anymore is
because they didn't pay him.
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