WALLINGFORD — Town officials say after several delays, work to raze the former Brothers Restaurant to make way for a parking lot is expected to begin this spring.
The town purchased the property at 33 N. Cherry St. in a foreclosure auction last October for $411,000.
The town’s Department of Public Works is overseeing the project. Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. said electrical lines need to be marked and the area must be cleared of possible hazardous substances before the building can be torn down.
The property was sold “as is” by then-owner Ralph DeMatteo, who closed the restaurant in January 2017. The 7,258 square-foot building has a dining room, bar, two banquet rooms and two kitchens, according to town records.
Dickinson attributed delays to weather.
“The weather hasn’t cooperated,” Dickinson said. The work “has been interrupted by snow and other weather events.”
Dickinson said if there is no additional snow, he expects work on the project to begin in the spring. The Mayor’s Office was authorized by the Town Council to bid on the property in August 2018 and the auction took place in October 2018.
“Once the remediation is complete, it’s easier to know when the work can be completed,” Dickinson said.
While the plan is to make the area a public parking lot, Dickinson said his office is open to suggestions from the community on ideas for how to use the parcel.
“If something fits with the overall future plans of the community, we are willing to listen,” he said.