July 18, 2018

Windsor Locks to hear out sports developer

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
A rendering of All Sports Village in Windsor Locks across a 76-acre lot on Route 20.

After postponing talks July 16 with the developer of a proposed $200 million multi-sport complex, Windsor Locks' top elected official said Wednesday morning that the project isn't dead yet.

First Selectman J. Christopher Kervick said learning about an ongoing suit against developer Andrew Borgia in New York gave him pause, but that he's ready to hear out Borgia and his attorney.

"Obviously we're concerned and need to explore this new information, but it doesn't mean the project is dead," Kervick said.

In the suit, filed last October in New York state court, four investors accuse Borgia of defrauding them out of $462,000 -- investments they had made in a Long Island sports project that Borgia has since sold.

Borgia's attorney this week called the suit "frivolous" and said he believes it will be resolved soon. Borgia said he felt Kervick was overreacting.

Kervick said on Wednesday he doesn't agree.

"Allegations are just that, allegations, however the nature of the allegations was such that we need to get a full explanation before we go further," he said. "That doesn't mean my mind is closed or my mind is made up."

Kervick said Borgia is invested in his Windsor Locks proposal, which would include indoor and outdoor arenas, numerous basketball courts and turf fields, hotels and other amenities.

"He's got about $300,000 of his own money into this project already," Kervick said, referring to legal and engineering costs. "And based on that, and the fact that we've been talking for six months, he certainly deserves the opportunity to offer his side of the story."

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