NEW BRITAIN - The city’s top 20 delinquent commercial and industrial property taxpayers as of March 29 account for more than half a million dollars in unpaid real estate tax bills, according to documents provided by Tax Collector Cheryl Blogoslawski.
Topping the list is the company that owns the property at 177 Columbus Blvd., occupied for more than 15 years by CVS Pharmacy. According to records, the city is owed $142,088.63 in real estate taxes, a bill accrued in the last three years by both the site’s current and previous owners. One Seventy Seven purchased the 1.2-acre site in 2015 for $5.4 million.
The CVS location, like others in prime central business district spots, has been eyed for a potential transit-oriented development rebirth should the land ever become available.
The city as of Friday has a real estate tax lien on the property in the amount of $38,433.15. The lien was filed in the city clerk’s office in March 2016.
The media relations office of Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS did not return requests for comment on the outstanding tax bill.
Meanwhile, Metal Works Enterprises LLC has amassed the second-highest real estate tax bill on its property at 250 John Downey Drive. Tax collector records show the company owes the city $130,842.88. The original 2012 bill of $12,274.85 has multiplied exponentially, with interest accounting for more than $30,000 of the most recent tally.
The property, including a 20,750-square-foot building leased in part to Salamon Industries, has been on the market for more than one year with an asking price of $1.2 million.
Half of the 10 most delinquent real estate taxpayers in the city own property on John Downey Drive, populated mostly by industrial and manufacturing firms.
A mile and a half west, the owner of the property at 668 Stanley St., site of the Venskunas Funeral Home, owes the city $67,089.33 in back real estate taxes. The funeral home is located to the rear of buildings fronting Stanley Street, also owned by Linda L. Sovak. Tax records show Sovak is current with real estate taxes on those properties. The outstanding bill dates to an original delinquency of over $9,800 in 2013.
The vacant and blighted building at the highly-visible intersection of Allen and Atlantic streets is the subject of a $63,420.98 overdue real estate tax bill. The Mack Family Trust owns the former greenhouse and florist shop, now boarded up and overrun with debris and natural growth. The owner has been in arrears on its real estate tax bill since at least 2010, according to city documents.
Another John Downey Drive landowner appears as the fifth most-delinquent real estate taxpayer. Four Hundred Ten John Downey, which purchased the address that bears the company’s name for $1 million in 2014, owes the city $47,775.82. The nearly 3-acre property includes a 15-year-old industrial building occupied by Pape Electro Plating Inc.
A city tax lien of $13,780.40 was placed on the property in March 2016, but was discharged three weeks ago.
The remainder of the list of top 10 outstanding commercial and industrial real estate bills is led by the owner of 527 West Main St., the site of the Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen restaurant. New Britain Dev LLC owes the city $45,566.49 on a delinquent real estate tax bill dating to 2013. The Popeye’s franchise opened in the summer of 2015.
Rounding out the top 10 are Forty Seven Main Realty LLC, owner of the building occupied by C-Town at 47 Main St., with an outstanding real estate tax bill of $43,715.55; Charles Grecki, who owes the city $38,664.99 in delinquent real estate taxes for property at 156 Coccomo Circle; Four Hundred Thirty Three and co-owner John Downey Association LLC, with an outstanding tax bill for $38,485.26 for the industrial property at 433 John Downey Dr.; and New Britain Auto Center LLC, which owes the city $33,863.91 for its property at 79 Beaver St., occupied by an 81-year-old filling station and repair shop building where Main Street becomes Broad Street.
Christopher Fortier can be reached at 860-801-5063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.