Simao Tries To Block Lundy's Deal To Buy North Side League Build

Simao Tries To Block Lundy's Deal To Buy North Side League Building

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Can Watertown's North Side Improvement League get more money for its building by not selling it to developer Mike Lundy? Another developer thinks so and is willing to help pay legal expenses to prove it.

PJ Simao says he is not personally interested in the Mill Street building, but is certain the league can get more than the $325,000 Lundy will pay.

Even though Lundy's purchase has been approved by the state Attorney General's Office, Simao believes new information could lead to the league reconsidering. That new information, Simao says, is a deal the league had to sell the building for $400,000 to a Watertown non-profit, but was turned down because of possible litigation since Lundy already had an agreement with the league to buy the building.

We've learned that non-profit was the Volunteer Transportation Center. Executive Director Sam Purington says it backed out because of possible litigation since Lundy already had an agreement with the league to buy the building.

Lundy's attorney Mike Young says his client is moving forward with closing on the property following a court order, and that won't change unless another court order comes along. Young said he doesn't think that'll happen because Simao has no authority to object.

Young continued by saying he believes Simao is ruffling feathers and is upset over something else, alluding to Lundy's potential deal to buy the Watertown Golf Club.

Simao owns Watertown's other golf course, Ives Hill Country Club. Simao said this has nothing to do with Lundy's offer to buy the Watertown Golf Club and wants to do what's right for a not-for-profit group that benefits the community.

If Lundy buys the Watertown Golf Club, he wants to keep the golf course, fix it up and add to it. Additions could include a year-round restaurant and town houses.

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