The last time we saw Guilford County leaders and construction company Samet Corp. representatives in the same room together was in early 2023 in the Board of Commissioners meeting room when the commissioners voted to kill a $20-million-plus contract with the company. That contract called for Samet to demolish the old jail in downtown Greensboro and build a new Law Enforcement Center in its place.

After that giant fallout, the big question was whether or not Samet would file a lawsuit against Guilford County – and it looks now like Samet will not.

If they do, it would be pretty awkward since the county and Samet are working together on a new project – the construction of the planned Windsor Chavis Nocho Community Complex.

However, it doesn’t seem to be the case that the county and Samet have kissed and made up. It seems more like a case of necessity makes strange bedfellows.

The City of Greensboro and Guilford County are working jointly on the Windsor project and, since the city selected Samet as the Construction Manager at Risk for the job in the late summer of 2022 – before the company’s blow-up with the county commissioners – it looks like Samet Corp. and Guilford County will be sharing a bed at the inn, but only because there’s no other option.

When Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston was asked this week if this signaled the renewal of a positive relationship between Guilford County and Samet Corp., Alston said he had no comment on the situation.  When pushed, he reiterated that he had nothing to say on the matter.

So far this century, the Rhino Times can count on one hand the number of times the very talkative Alston hasn’t had a comment on a situation.

Here’s a description from Guilford County of the coming 65,000-square-foot facility: “The communities that are served by the current Windsor Recreation Center, Vance Chavis Library, and Nocho Park have flourished for decades but have also seen transitions to lack of access to necessary services and economic impact. With a vision and change to meet the needs of the Greensboro community, Greensboro Public Libraries and Parks and Recreation have set out to create a centralized community hub to meet the ever-growing and changing population of the surrounding area while providing service delivery in a way that has never been done.”

In other words, the new Windsor Chavis Nocho Community Complex is meant to bring together the elements of a park, a recreation center and a library. together to serve as a community resource and convey the “unique story of the community.”

Neither Guilford County officials nor Samet Corp. ever fully revealed the cause of the fallout between the two partners in early 2023 and the pursuant anger, however, it is known that the disagreement was related in some way to the amount of minority-business participation in the project.

Samet, in partnership with United Maintenance Group and Cate Services, is currently assisting in pre-qualifying companies to work as subcontractors on the Windsor project, which has a construction budget of $65 million.