Latest Ghost Town revival faces legal issues
The latest effort to revive Maggie Valley’s Ghost Town is facing two legal cases filed in Haywood County Court in October.
A lien has been placed on the property against current owner Lula, LLC, by local contractor Clark & Leatherwood, for unpaid labor and materials totaling just more than $52,000.
News 13 reached out to Clark & Leatherwood for comment, but business officials did not respond.
A charge has also been filed against current developer Lamar Berry for defrauding an innkeeper. An affidavit claims Berry stayed at Hearth & Home for some time and left quickly when presented an invoice.
Berry, speaking over the phone, confirmed his invoice at Hearth & Home totaled between $3,500 to $4000, but said he had an executive agreement with the inn's owner.
Berry said both issues would be settled and paid in the next few weeks as his group closes on the property at Ghost Town.
Hearth & Home owner Allen Alsbrooks could not comment because of the pending litigation but said Berry’s lawyer had reached out twice, asking him to drop the charges. Alsbrooks is not complying with that request.
Berry is due in court Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Berry said developers still expect to re-open Ghost Town sometime next year.