Shelton land owners counter mayor’s purchase offer

The Board of Aldermen has approved the city’s purchase of 56 Blacks Hill Road for $590,000, with the cost being covered through use of American Rescue Plan funds. The city is still negotiating the purchase of 55 Blacks Hill Road.

The Board of Aldermen has approved the city’s purchase of 56 Blacks Hill Road for $590,000, with the cost being covered through use of American Rescue Plan funds. The city is still negotiating the purchase of 55 Blacks Hill Road.

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SHELTON — Owners of a Blacks Hill Road property essential to extension of Constitution Boulevard have countered the city’s offer to buy the parcel, according to the owners’ attorney.

This comes after Mayor Mark Lauretti told Hearst Connecticut Media last week, he planned to condemn the 5.1-acre piece of land at 55 Blacks Hill Road because the city had made an offer to which the owners never responded.

Attorney Patricia Sullivan refuted that claim, saying that more than a week ago her clients offered to sell the property to the city at “a price commensurate with what had been approved by the Board of Aldermen for the purchase of the property across the street at 56 Blacks Hill Road.

“At the city’s request, they permitted representatives from the city to visit the 55 Blacks Hill Road property this past Friday (March 18),” Sullivan said.

Lauretti was not available to comment on the owners’ statement about their counteroffer.

Lauretti has said he first contacted the owners of 55 Blacks Hill Road — which the mayor says has been vacant for several years — before onset of the pandemic. He said the city made an offer to the owners, which was rejected. The mayor said he could not state the amount offered by the city at this point.

Sullivan said the property, on which sits one house, has been in her clients’ family since 1941.

The Board of Aldermen, at a meeting last month, approved the city’s purchase of 56 Blacks Hill Road for $590,000, with the cost being covered through use of American Rescue Plan funds.

brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com