Herrera sues Fillmore developer

“This is a desperate appeal by a handful of opponents who’ve failed in every other attempt to kill this project, whether it has been at the decision-making level or in Superior Court,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera said.
“Mr. Johnson has never held up his end of the bargain,” said City Attorney Dennis Herrera. “The years of excuses are over. Time’s up. San Francisco taxpayers need to be made whole.”

Balance of 2005 loan used to build the commercial space at the Fillmore Heritage Center now tops $6.5 million; Johnson for years has refused to repay taxpayers

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 16, 2018) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced today that he had filed suit against developer Michael E. Johnson for breach of contract over Johnson’s repeated failure to repay a $5.5 million City loan used to help construct the Fillmore Heritage Center.

The lawsuit filed this morning in San Francisco Superior Court seeks repayment of the loan balance plus interest and late charges. That total was more than $6.5 million as of July 15, 2018. The lawsuit names Johnson individually as well as three companies that he controls: Fillmore Development Commercial, LLC; EM Johnson Interest, Inc.; and Urban Core Development LLC. Besides repayment of the loan plus interest, the lawsuit seeks compensatory damages to be determined by the court and reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. [Read more]


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