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Renaissance Place Developer Behind on Town Taxes

According to The Connecticut Post, Alexius Conroy, the man behind Naugatuck's downtown renovation project, owes thousands to the town of Fairfield where he is a resident.

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.

Bruce February 11, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Any update on when exactly the contract expires with Conroy? Seem to remember talk of it being extended last fall but I'm hoping the town realizes this man doesn't have the best interests of the town at heart and moves on. It's easy to blame the inactivity on the recession, but Conroy had a good chunk of time before the economy tanked where he accomplished none of his/Naugatuck's goals.
Ronald DeRosa (Editor) February 11, 2012 at 04:02 PM
It's my understanding, in speaking with officials in town, that the contract is due to expire in May 2012. - RD, editor
Mary Cerreta February 11, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Mr. Conroy has always had a sketchy reputation in my hometown of Fairfield. I have never understood why Naugatuck got involved in business dealings with him.
Jim February 11, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Way back when, in the good old days Mr. Conroy said that he had financial backers all lined up and all he needed was the OK from the town to get everything moving forward. There would be all these upscale shops and boutiques, a whole slew of new condos, (just what the town needs) and apartments. And don't forget the entertainment venues that would be opening as well. Well, sadly, the referendum passed and since then Mr. Conroy doesn't even have as much as an agreement with GDC to buy that parcel of land which was supposedly paramount to the project, let alone any money to actually buy it. Since then the only financial investments going into this project are the monies being spent by the town and grants from the state for studies and site remediation for Parcel C. Dime one from Conroy and his financial pack have yet to be spent, yet the taxpayers are supposed to be jumping up and down to build a parking ramp garage so St, Mary's can MAYBE build a medical facility on Parcel C at some point in the future. How this medical facility is going to fit in with the new hospital merger between St. Mary's and Waterbury Hospitals that is going to happen in Waterbury is anyone's guess, but I would not be surprised to find out that this will not happen because if centrally located in Waterbury it would be a 10 minute ride from Parcel C and while it would be nice to have something better than the walk-in clinic we now have, just how much is it really going to cost the taxpayers?
juan February 12, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I knew form the start this was a fraud .The re"nonsence" Place could never work in a small town like naugatuck.But no most of you drunk the kool aid and now the dream is over.I wonder what Mezzo and the boys at the town are going to come up with next.
Lynn February 12, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Conroy's contract with the town will expire in May, and I question whether the decision for St. Marys facility should be classified under "his" renaissance project as that was not the original plan of his -it was after his plan was stagnant for a while and just a wish of St. Marys before the merger of the two hospitals was completed...
Jim February 12, 2012 at 01:44 AM
This entire project should be looked at again for the overall feasibility of the project given the slow economic recovery we have all witnessed. Given the size of Parcel C, if St, Mary's wants to build a bigger, better walk-in center than the one on New Haven Rd. that is fine, but do we really need a 24/7 mini-hospital when right now there are two accredited trauma centers with helicopter pads about a 5 minute ride away in an emergency. There should be no reason to build a multi-level ramp garage for this. The deal as it was sold to the citizens of this town should be scrapped as none of it has come to fruition. Any new plans for development that involve borough funds should be voted on at a new referendum, with potential developers required to put up funds for not only the costs associated with the referendum but also for performance bonds which if deadlines and measurable progress is not made will be forfeited to the town. It's time to rethink this whole thing and let the taxpayers weigh in on it again.
Juan February 12, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Jim I couldn't agree more. Not only we need to look at this issue again we need to focus on the people in this town that put us tax payers in this path. Looks to me that nobody at the town hall did their homework. Taking a paycheck is not working.
barb February 12, 2012 at 03:07 PM
u think
Jim February 12, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Juan, the current status of the project doesn't really reflect upon town hall, or the current administration. So far, to the best of my knowledge, the borough has done everything (and maybe more) than it was required to do under the contract terms with Conroy, so I would say they have done all their homework and maybe some extra credit work as well. It is he who has failed miserably to deliver anything appreciable on his end. Conroy says it's the fault of the economic crash that nothing has been accomplished. While it's fine to point a finger and blame it all on the economy, the fact is the whole project always sounded like nothing more than a pipe dream to many who opposed it from the beginning. Also, if Conroy had the backers he claimed to have at the outset why was nothing at all done on his part? it took several years from the time the referendum was passed until the economy really hit bottom (if it has) yet he and his unnamed financial brigade did nary a thing other than talk and promise that progress was being made. Now, with the financial problems his own company is having evidenced by his failure to be able to pay local real estate taxes it seems a reasonable and logical time to bid this man adieu as soon as hit contract date expires.
Hello Dolly February 12, 2012 at 03:49 PM
The town has lots of empty buildings and lots. The town has yet to attract any business to fill the former Hersey building (Peter Paul and Mounds) or the former A&P grocery store...both spaces are large enough to build a larger medical center if ST Marys was really interested in a larger facility. I would like to see the town government focus on reaching out to businesses to rent these empty places. Never mind building anything new. Just get new businesses in here to pay taxes.
Mike February 12, 2012 at 04:32 PM
This town is dying a slow painful death, that's why all the vultures from the surrounding sh*tholes are moving in? To pick the bones clean and turn Naugatuck into the new slum.
juan February 13, 2012 at 01:23 AM
The reality of attracting new business to naugatuck is to lower taxes.Thats why peter and paul,lewis engenering and many others are no longer with us and town officials are not getting it.What incentive does a large corporation have to come to naugatuck?Taxes are rising and continue to rise.Nothing changes here just taxes keep going up!Best option for naugatuck to do is turn the land into farming its more valuable or it'll be another overgrown parking lot.
Fr February 13, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I hope the Town officials have not been "taken to the cleaners" here. I, like most people, smelled something fishy with this from day-one. I put all my trust in "smart" town officials to FULLY vet this person and to go into this deal with both eyes WIDE open...and with continual checking up on him from all sources possible. Too much was riding on this being a false hope.
Naugatalk February 13, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Imagine if St Mary's Hosptial did build on the Hershey Property! The jobs that it could bring to town especially being professional jobs could give much a much needed boost to some of the small business here in town. Doctors, Nurses, and hosptial workers including visitors could utalize some of the business here in town. Gas Stations Coffee shops delis auto repair service restaurants and possibley bring in the need for other new business not here now! It's worth thinking about, As far as the Parcel C site... looks bleek to me. Down town seems to be dying a slow death. Alex you do disapoint us Naugatuck Citizens ! Your dream has become our nightmare!
Naugatalk February 13, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Hello Dolly You have the right idea but have you been on New Haven Road in the past months? Peter Paul building is NO MORE.. It was demolished and with that goes the taxes they were paying the town. Now there is an empty lot waiting to be redeveloped! Any other good ideas perhaps a new store like Target or a Lowes? Are our "Town Officials" looking for someone to fill the void? I don't hear any chatter through the grape vine ! What about economic developement are they doing any research? Time will tell I suppose.
Jack February 24, 2012 at 08:17 PM
The new pond on Parcel C has grown on me since geese started congregating there last year. I think the town should put up some benches and call it a park until the medical center comes in. Maybe we could have summer concerts around the pond or a skating rink in the winter. I imagine the town forces will have to maintain it anyways so it isn't blighted. Why not treat it like a park? Towns like Sonoma, CA and Wellesley, MA have duck ponds. Why not Naugatuck? We can stock it with ducks and have mascots for the annual Duck Race.

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