A building that has become known as the "Butt Ugly Building" by Harford, Conn. residents, is being torn down. According to the Connecticut Courant, the H. B. Davis Building, located on Main St., near I-84, was built in the 1920s. It housed a flourishing department and catalog store and later offices.
More recently, the Butt Ugly Building played a role in a corruption case against former Mayor Eddie A. Perez. According to the Courant article, Perez was convicted of holding up a city project involving the building to help former state Rep. Abraham Giles solicit a $100,000 payment from a developer, Joseph Citino, in return for Giles vacating a parking lot he was operating. The payment was never made and the development — a commercial and residential project — was never completed.
Perez was convicted in June of five felony corruption charges and later sentenced to three years in prison. He resigned and has been replaced.
Giles was charged with first-degree attempted larceny and first-degree conspiracy to commit larceny. His case is pending.
The Hartford Redevelopment Agency purchased the five-story building and property for $625,000. Demolition, expected to be complete by mid-November, is estimated to cost an additional $312,000.
No specific plans for the property have been determined, but a $4.2 million federal planning grant will be used to research possible uses and is part of a larger redevelopment plan for the city’s downtown.
The city’s redevelopment agency has reached out to developers in and out of state to let them know about the property.
The original article and a picture of the Butt Ugly Building
Sources: Connecticut Courant and McGraw-Hill Construction
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