WALLINGFORD — The Town Council approved a blight lien settlement Tuesday involving a commercial property on Route 5, after an initial proposal failed at a previous meeting.
The property in question, 26 Quinnipiac St., formerly contained the dilapidated T-Bonz Bar and Grill building, which was razed in June.
Owner Stephen Marcarelli sold the other two properties in the same corner plaza — 23 S. Colony St., home of Stella Pizza and Restaurant and Riva's Meat Market, and 1 S. Colony St., the location of Affordable Cabinets, Granite & Tile — to North Haven developer Carl Davia in July for $850,000.
Davia said last month that he has plans to renovate the entire plaza and wants to rebuild in the area where T-Bonz was demolished.
Marcarelli still owns 26 Quinnipiac St. because of a blight lien in place against the business entity that owns the plaza, Quinnipiac Street Associates LLC.
The lien was issued by the town building inspector on March 6. The lien is $100 per day — retroactively to Dec. 21, 2018 — to secure payment for unpaid fines.
A notice of violation and an intent to cite were issued Sept. 21, 2018.
A settlement offer from Marcarelli’s lawyer for 20 percent of the accumulated debt, which is approximately $55,000, failed to secure the votes needed for Town Council approval at its Sept. 8 meeting.
Marcarelli said his lawyer offered the town about $5,000 more during a Town Council meeting in executive session on Tuesday. When they reconvened in public session, councilors unanimously approved the settlement.
Marcarelli couldn’t close on the sale until the lien was satisfied. He said Wednesday he hopes to close the sale of 26 Quinnipiac St. this week.
“The whole thing is ridiculous,” Marcarelli said. “They made a money grab … in the middle of a transaction, in the middle of a pandemic. I guess they got enough money, and that’s it.”