Chattanooga construction companies sued over 'extensive damage' to historic property

A lawsuit alleges Chattanooga construction workers damaged and stole historic pieces of property. (Images: Pixabay, MGN)

A lawsuit alleges Chattanooga construction workers damaged and stole historic pieces of property.

On Nov. 22, the owners of the Joe Engel property sued Pratt Land and Development Company and James Wright Construction. Engel was the longtime owner of the Lookouts baseball team, and built the historical Engel stadium now owned by the University of Tennessee.

The suit alleges that on July 29, 2019, Pratt and Wright employees trespassed with excavation equipment onto the property at 660 Julian Road in Hamilton County.

It says they demolished decades-old trees and dumped material all over the area.

The lawsuit also claims they took artwork that Engel used to own.

Among other things, the suit accuses the companies of trespassing, negligence, and gross negligence.

The suit asks for half a million dollars in damages, and another $500,000 in punitive damages.

You can read the full lawsuit below:

We have reached out to Pratt Land and Development Company, who told us they have no comment on the lawsuit. We continue to wait to hear back from James Wright Construction, and will update our story if and when we do.

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