Once again, the owner of the Gulf Station downtown is denying First Selectman Kevin Moynihan’s claims that there’s movement on plans for the town to acquire the property.
During Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, Selectman Kathleen Corbet asked Moynihan for an update on the Gulf Station.
In response, Moynihan said, “I don’t want to talk about that in public, that’s a real estate transaction.”
When Corbet asked for an update in two weeks’ time, Moynihan said, “Yes, there will be developments by then.”
Yet when asked about it, Lenny Fugaro, co-owner of the gas station and repair shop at 36 South Ave., said he has no idea what Moynihan is talking about.
“I don’t know what he’s doing because I haven’t heard from anybody, so there’s nothing going on on my end,” Fugaro told NewCanaanite.com. “I just can’t explain what’s going on. I know they want to buy the property. I haven’t agreed to anything on the property. And I haven’t talked to this guy in months.”
Fugaro and his co-owner purchased the .31-acre parcel three years ago for $4.7 million. The prospect of the town buying the Gulf station first publicly emerged as a Board of Selectmen meeting in April. There, during a discussion about financing, Selectman Kathleen Corbet asked whether—should the town acquire the Gulf station property—the 1913 building still would need to be moved (yes, and it has been relocated).