NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Dan Short of FantomWorks prides himself on bringing new life to old cars. He’s invested hundreds of thousands of dollars doing the same thing with the old building in Norfolk he bought for his business. Now he wants accountability for some recent damage done to that building.
“We pride ourselves in always trying to do the right thing,” Short told WAVY.com.
FantomWorks is one of the largest antique car garages in the country. You may have seen their television show on the Velocity Channel. It catapulted the Norfolk business into the national limelight.
Photos: FantomWorks wants contractor to pay for broken window
Four years ago, Short bought a building along Hampton Avenue to house his business. In June, vandals sprayed graffiti on a large window on the side of the building.
“It was probably about ten feet wide and three or four feet tall and in big white letters, very visible from Hampton Boulevard,” Short said.
“Having people graffiti and tag your property, it’s like you’ve been violated. It’s your stuff. We’ve worked very hard to make this building look good,” Short said.
Short said the city of Norfolk tried to make it right; they offered to send someone over to clean it almost immediately. But Short said the contractor, M.J. Farrell Construction, only made it worse.
“In the attempt to remove the graffiti, it broke the glass and dropped it into the cars inside the building,” Short said.
The dings and scratches meant Short had to repaint a classic Pontiac. He said it required a custom paint job with a cost of more than $3,000. Short said the contractor was apologetic at first, but now is not returning his emails or calls.
“I completely trusted him because he acknowledged that he had done it, saw the damage and he gave me his insurance information. So there was no thought that he wasn’t going to come through and pay for this,” Short told WAVY.com.
On Tuesday, 10 On Your Side tried calling the contractor, M.J Farrell Construction. No one answered. A search of public records shows the business is listed as inactive.
Short sent WAVY.com emails showing he’s been trying to get answers from the city for months. He felt he was without hope, until Tuesday when he received a note from the city attorney’s office, explaining they are investigating his claim.
Though 10 On Your Side had no luck reaching M.J, Farrell Construction, and neither has Dan, a city spokesperson said someone from the city has made contact. The spokeswoman also told WAVY.com the city is now looking into the business and is evaluating the contract M.J Farrell has with the city.
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