Local developer sues Scituate $22 mill. over mill

By: Rebecca Turco

Email: rturco@abc6.com

SCITUATE – A vacant, run-down mill in Scituate is at the center of a $22 million lawsuit.

Vincent Coccoli, Sr., a local real estate developer, is suing the town for punitive damages. His latest lawsuit claims town officials interfered with the state receiver, who is in charge of the historic property, in order to prevent him from purchasing it. “Put one foot forward and let’s get moving,” he said.

Town Solicitor David D’Agostino vehemently denied Coccoli’s claims. “Our position is that there’s no basis in fact to what Mr. Coccoli alleges,” he told ABC6 News.

In 2006, the Scituate Zoning Board approved Coccoli’s proposal to build a 207-unit apartment complex at the former mill. But the state receiver has denied his three separate pitches over the years, so the project couldn’t move forward.

The property at stake equates to as much as 32 acres of land, including the crumbling historic mill.

D’Agostino explained that any decisions relating to the property is beyond the town’s control, since the state is overseeing it. He said the town wants something to be done so it’s no longer sitting there deteriorating, although Coccili isn’t convinced.

Both sides will appear in front of a judge Monday. The receiver, Providence lawyer Peter Furness, denies being swayed by the town in any way. He said he is currently in the process of negotiating a deal with a separate developer.

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