The developers behind the Enclave student housing at Youngstown State University are suing the City of Youngstown for an alleged breach of contract.

According to a lawsuit filed in the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas on Thursday, September 14, the developers, known as Youngstown Campus Associates and Butterfli Holdings LLC are accusing the city of breaching an agreement to provide a $500,000 grant towards a water infrastructure project.

The lawsuit claims that of these $500,000, only $60,000 were ever paid to the plaintiffs, meaning the city still allegedly owes them $440,000. The plaintiffs are asking for the remaining balance plus interest, attorney fees and costs.

According to the lawsuit, in 2017, Youngstown Campus Associates engaged in the development of a $16 million mixed-use project known as The Enclave near Wick Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.

In September of that year, the city entered an agreement with Campus Associates concerning the project, which states that the city would provide a grant of $500,000 for "the installation, improvements, enhancements and/or upgrades to the water-related plumbing and related infrastructure located at the premises."

The suit claims that the only payment the city had ever made was in February of 28 for the amount of $60,000. 

21 News has reached out to Youngstown Law Director, Jeff Limbian for further comment, but he could not comment at this time as he has not yet read the lawsuit.