As has been speculated on this blog in the past this news item from the Union Tribune is a very interesting read. A mechanics lien is pretty much a sign that that the contractors are not being paid. This is a sure sign of cash flow problems at the project and probably the developer level.
When a loss is taken on a loan like the bank is going to write off the losses and reset prices lower or put the project back into the rental market via a sale to an apartment operator. Either way it likely won't be sitting dormant for long.
I suspect that this will not be the last story of this variety that we'll be reading in 2007.
Also notable is discussion of some other troubled developments.