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Tampa family spent $8 million on a new mansion; now they’re suing the builder

The family says the house took two years too long to build and claims the contractor subbed high-end parts for low-quality materials.
The Overstreet house at 1018 S. Frankland Rd. is seen in this Dec. 2018 photo from Google Earth. [Google Earth]
The Overstreet house at 1018 S. Frankland Rd. is seen in this Dec. 2018 photo from Google Earth. [Google Earth]
Published Nov. 20

TAMPA — A family that spent more than $8 million to build a mansion in the Golf View neighborhood is suing the contractor for fraud and breach of contract, according to a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County Court.

According to the suit, Brian and Kimberly Overstreet hired Onicx Construction, a Tampa-based construction and development company, to build the house at 1018 S Frankland Rd. Contracts filed in court show the Overstreets signed the contract with Onicx president Dhvanit Patel in November 2015. They agreed to pay $5.5 million for the construction of an almost 10,000-square-foot home on a vacant lot they’d bought the year before for $2.1 million. The contract states a completion date of May 26, 2017.

Two-and-a-half years after the scheduled delivery date, however, the Overstreets said Onicx finally delivered an incomplete and shoddy house even after they spent more than $6.1 million on the construction.

“Despite numerous opportunities provided by the Overstreets to have Onicx rectify the issues, work remains uncompleted and severe leaking continues to occur causing damage to the home,” the suit says.

The suit alleges Onicx has been aware of leaks and water intrusion causing damage to the home for years and specifically indicated the issues would be addressed but never fixed them and now refuses. The suit also says Onicx used lower grade, inferior materials in the construction instead of the higher grade, more expensive materials asked for in the contract.

The Overstreets are suing over breach of contract, fraud and breach of good faith covenant. They’re asking for damages including the cost of hiring a new contractor to complete the job and repair the damage.

The Overstreets declined to comment on this story.

Patel or representatives from Onicx could not be reached for comment.

Golf View is a neighborhood in south Tampa near the Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club. According to the Statistical Atlas, Golf View is one of Tampa’s more affluent neighborhoods, with a median household income of about $147,000.

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