SOUTHINGTON — The Sepko Farm land slated for a sports complex is back on the market, but that doesn’t mean a deal with a local developer is off, according to a town official.
Lee Dibble’s option to buy the 112-acre parcel on West Queen and West streets has expired. Under the deal with the Sepko family, Dibble will be the owner and operator of a proposed sports complex.
In addition to covered playing fields, the proposed complex will have restaurant and retail space.
Dibble declined to comment on the property’s listing.
The land is for sale at $7.8 million.
Lou Perillo, Southington’s economic development coordinator, said he doesn’t think it’s necessarily a setback for the development. Dibble is still likely working the deal, according to Perillo.
“The property owner wants to keep their options open,” he said. “To the best of our knowledge, we understand that Mr. Dibble is still pursuing the sports complex moving forward.”
In 2015, the town spent $40,000 to develop a placeholder site plan to show Planning and Zoning Commission support for the concept and reduce the risk for a private developer. Planning, design and full approval can cost as much as $100,000, according to town officials.
Dibble proposed another sports complex plan in 2002 that was rejected by the town.
Carl Verderame, another developer, also submitted plans for a sports complex on Spring Street, but the deal was tied up in a lengthy probate battle.
The parcel is split between business and industrial zones, and there are potential topography issues to the east and some wetlands.
According to a contract with the Sepko family, the town agreed on an undisclosed price to market the property. The contract also stipulated that the Sepkos will reimburse the town for engineering work if the property is sold through the town's marketing efforts.
Perillo submitted a plan in 2015 to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a 300-square-foot dome. He said at the time that he wanted to get approval on a maximum-size building to show a developer what is allowed on the site.
Elizabeth Gregory, a member of the Sepko family, couldn’t be reached for comment.