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Town sells property on Donahue Road Extension
Litchfield.bz (04-02-18)


Litchfield First Selectman Leo Paul Jr., left, and Town Attorney Michael Rybak review a document related to the town's sale of 66 Donahue Road Extension on Thursday. BZ photo

The long saga of 66 Donahue Road Extension in Litchfield has finally come to a beneficial conclusion for the town.
 
On Thursday, the foreclosed 78-acre property that had been in the town’s hands since 2015 and was its largest tax delinquent was sold to John B. Maxwell of Watertown and his father, John S. Maxwell of Morris.
 
The Maxwells paid $337,500 for the property that features a five-bedroom house John B. Maxwell and his wife, Bernadette, will live in. Proceeds from the sale will allow the town to recoup $230,000 in back taxes and defray most of the $120,000 in liens and interest, legal fees and maintenance costs associated with the property after foreclosure proceedings began in 2010.
 
Signing off on the deal at Town Hall were John B. Maxwell, First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. and Town Attorney Michael Rybak. Maxwell was represented by his attorney, Mark Malley of Thomaston.
 
The town tried to auction the property earlier this year but only received two bids, neither of which was near the minimum bid of $395,000 set by the Board of Selectmen. The Maxwells learned about the property after the auction and decided to offer a bid. It wasn’t near the minimum bid and wasn’t high enough for the selectmen, but the Maxwells and the board compromised by meeting at $337,500.