The developer behind a $700 million downtown redevelopment project in Naugatuck is behind on his taxes.
According to The Connecticut Post, Alexius and Nancy Conroy owe $125,457 in back taxes to the town of Fairfield, where Conroy is a resident and a business owner. The newspaper put Conroy as the third-hightest deliquent taxpayer on its top 10 list, which was published this week.
The unpaid tax bills go back to 2010, the newspaper said. Conroy is the owner of Conroy Development Co.
Conroy signed a five-year agreement with the borough in 2007 for a massive downtown private-public renovation project called Renaissance Place. Local officials have said the project stalled because of the economic downturn in 2008.
While there’s been a lot of reported behind-the-scenes work in place, no real development has been executed, besides a rehabilitation of the Parcel C plot of land in the downtown.
The clean-up is a prerequisite for an eventual medical center, built by St. Mary's Hospital, and a parking garage, which would be partially financed by the borough and public grants.
Conroy has said St. Mary’s still has plans in place to build a medical facility there, however that is incumbent on the parking garage. The borough is still seeking funding for the construction of the garage.
Meanwhile, St. Mary's Hospital CEO Chad Wable has told Naugatuck Patch the hospital is willing to work with Naugatuck on the proposed medical center, however there's no firm commitment on the structure at the moment.